AR Mother still waiting for answers; calls for cameras in classrooms

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(2/26/19) An Arkansas mother is sharing her story after she picked her son up from school claiming his face was covered in bruises.

Kathryn Parker says it happened back in September at Central Elementary School in Forrest City.  Parker says she’s heard three different stories.

Her son, Kamden, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and he’s non-verbal.

She says he can’t speak for himself and knows if there was a camera inside his classroom, she would know the truth about what happened.

She says at first a school employee told her that her son kamden fell in the classroom. Then she heard from another employee that he fell into a cabinet.The school’s principal told her that he tripped and fell outside.

“I tried to tell her I don’t believe her and she was like this is it,” Parker said.

Parker says she’s accepted the school decision, but wants a camera in the classroom moving forward.

“I want what’s best for him and all these children who can’t speak for themselves,” Parker said.

Parker says when this all happened, she immediately took Kamden to the hospital to get check out and doctors told her he would be okay.

Parker says it’s tough to send her son to another school or keep him at home because she is a single parent with other kids.

The Forrest City School District’s released a statement:

“Due to the privacy rights involved, we cannot release any student related information. We have undertaken an appropriate investigation of the allegations presented,” Kendall Owens, Public Relations Director for the Forrest City School District.

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