Man entered class, hurt children, guardians say

BOISE, Idaho — The guardian of a northern Idaho fifth-grader was upset Thursday with a school’s response after she says a man entered a classroom, harassed and assaulted children, and put her grandson in a chokehold.

Jerry Peery said other parents in the small, rural town of Craigmont called police after hearing what happened from their children after classes let out Monday. She said school staff should have contacted ­authorities immediately.


Peery said 36-year-old Byron Scott Edwards assaulted her 10-year-old grandson in an incident in a classroom at Highland School, a small, 180-student school for kindergarten through 12th-graders on ­Idaho’s Camas Prairie.

‘‘The police were called only after the kids came home and started telling us parents what went wrong,’’ she said. ‘‘I would at least like an apology.’’

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On Thursday, a Lewis County magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant for Edwards. Investigators want to question Edwards about his role in the episode. The warrant accuses him of three counts of injury to a child.

Edwards is now in jail in neighboring Nez Perce County, where he has been held since being arrested Tuesday on felony theft and methamphetamine charges from Umatilla, Ore., according to jail officials. Lewis County authorities contacted Nez Perce County Sheriff’s office, asking that Edwards be detained on the Oregon warrants while they continued their investigation into what happened at the school.

Edwards was not available for comment Thursday. It was not clear whether he had an ­attorney.

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