Parents prepare for BOE meeting

PARKERSBURG -The parents of a Parkersburg High School student placed in a “Bad Kid Fort” by a social studies teacher are making plans for a large turnout at next week’s Wood County Board of Education meeting.

Beth Dean, whose son Caleb Richards was placed in a cardboard box with the words “Bad Kid Fort” written on it, plans to speak at the meeting. Dean and Jeff Richards, Caleb’s father, have met with school officials about the incident but remain frustrated.

“My son is a not a singular case,” Dean said. “There is case after case where kids are picked on, bullied or the student’s individualized education program isn’t being follow.”

The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dean held a meeting Friday with concerned parents to organize before next week’s meeting.

“I am going to speak and whoever else is interested,” she said. “We are going to hit some key points that things are really, really broken. We want to get everyone together and focus our voices.”

Board members are anticipating a larger-than-normal turnout. The meeting has been moved from the central office to the adjacent Jefferson Elementary Center auditorium.

Dean and Richards were able to get their son transferred to another history class, but she also is upset the involved teacher is back in the classroom.

“We are going to try to do something,” she said. “I have heard nothing from anyone; (child protective services, the school, the school board.)”

Dean said everyone seems to think school officials are waiting to see what comes out of the board meeting.

“We are going to try to do something,” she said.