WARNING: This story contains graphic language.
After 20 years of teaching, Hilldale second-grade teacher Krystal Cox has resigned from the school abruptly, following an alleged assault by a student.
Numerous parents that MuskogeeNOW spoke to today corroborated details of the student’s behavior. The boy is alleged to have grabbed Cox by the necklace and struck her. In addition, on two separate occasions, the boy took off his clothes. In the first incident, he rubbed his nipples and gyrated to the class, and in the second incident, he got completely naked and waved his genitals around to horrified second-graders.
Multiple parents told MuskogeeNOW their children are afraid to go to class.
Kaitlyn Coody, the schools’ superintendent, said the schools are in a difficult position.
“We do everything we can and our first priority is the safety of our students,” she said today. “I can’t comment on specific incidents because of confidentiality, but I can tell you we take allegations like this very seriously.”
The student was not removed from the class, the parents said, adding that they were told the student was “protected” by law and could not be removed, even if he was disrupting and frightening the other students.
One child was grabbed by an earring in gym class after the student became angry. The student called Cox a “fucking bitch,” and has hit, kicked and slapped her, at one point throwing everything off her desk in the process.
“We address every issue that comes up,” Coody said, reiterating that she could not comment on specific allegations against specific students. “I can tell you Mrs. Cox has resigned, but other than that, it’s a personnel issue.”
The parents are at their wits’ end.
”(The student) has protections and rights,” one said. “But what about my student? What about the other 23 students in that class? What about their rights?”
To some extent, the schools’ hands are tied by state laws governing what can be done with certain students who may have special needs.
Cox was unavailable for comment.