A Batesville School District instructor of an alternative learning program and a school resource officer executed a home visit Monday afternoon, April 2, to check on two students who were court-ordered to attend school every day unless medically covered by a doctor’s excuse.
The mother of the two students was also ordered by the Independence County Circuit Court not to have contact with the children who were under the care of a court-ordered custodian.
On arrival at the custodian’s house to check on the students, Patrick Collins, the school resource officer for the Batesville School District, said the custodian appeared “suspicious” when asked where the children were since they weren’t in school and she was the responsible party.
The custodian answered that an aunt came by and they left with her. Before the instructor and officer left, the two children arrived back at the custodian’s house and said they were looking for their dog, a story the men did not believe. A car then pulled up driven by the children’s mother, who was ordered to leave or risk being arrested for coming near the children. Officer Collins gave her numerous opportunities to leave, but she kept screaming the officer and was finally taken into custody and cited for disorderly conduct and unreasonable behavior.
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