The man who hit the principal was angry with the eviction and suspension of the children
LINCOLN COUNTY, Mississippi (WLBT) – It all started with a meeting between the director of the West Lincoln Attendance Center, John Shows, and parents Brandon and Stephanie Jordan.
It ended with Brandon Jordan in jail and Shows en route to the hospital. The angry father had punched the principal in the jaw, and he had done it in front of a deputy.
Jordan allegedly bypassed the Principal Shows office and punched him in the jaw, according to a police report.
“Mr. Jordan said that Mr. Shows had already ruined his daughter’s life and is now trying to ruin his son’s life,” the report read. Jordan then said that Mr. Shows was not fair and consistent with the students who did the same thing their children did. Mr. Shows then stated that he was unwilling and unable to discuss another student with them.
It was at this point that the report states that Jordan started yelling curses at the director.
“Mr. Jordan then got up and started towards the end of Mr. Shows’ desk. Mr. Shows stood up,” Lt. Wade Hinshaw wrote in his report. was almost at Mr. Jordan when Mr. Jordan punched Mr. Shows in the face with a closed fist. “
Stephanie Jordan said that was not exactly how she and her husband wanted this reunion to go.
“He didn’t walk into that room that day preparing to hit this man. He quit work, I didn’t need to be at work yet, “she said.” We drove together, we went over there for a meeting about our child. And you don’t lose your temper with angry parents.
Stephanie Jordan says they’ve been angry for a while.
After their daughter’s suspension earlier this year, she made verbal threats that led to her being deported. Next, the Jordans’ 14-year-old son faced a 10-day suspension after a vaping incident in which another student suffered a serious medical reaction and had to be taken to a local hospital.
This student has since been released and is recovering.
Stephanie Jordan said she and Brandon felt their son Brett was being targeted, although they support the suspension.
“I don’t disagree with that. The possible eviction bothers me because Brett didn’t provide anything of what happened that day, ”she said. “We’re not saying our kids did well. They did wrong, we agree with that 100 percent. We understand there should have been a punishment.
She says the problem was, the Jordans felt the punishment didn’t match the crime.
“Kids vaping at school?” You have kids who try drugs in school, and you catch them, you don’t kick them out. You punish them, I totally agree with that, but you try to get to the bottom of it, ”she said.
Lincoln County School District Superintendent Mickey Myers said his ability to comment is limited due to physician and student privacy laws, but the school district trusts the sheriff’s department and the court system to do the right thing.
“This is a very serious matter, and it is pretty much unacceptable. We need to deal with our grievances and disagreements in a more civilized way, ”he said.
Brandon Jordan faces 5 years in prison and a $ 1,000 fine for the charge of common assault on a school official. He was also charged with disturbing public order.
Stephanie Jordan says she supports her husband whether or not he is serving prison time because he is standing up for their children.
“I don’t disagree at all with what he did,” she said. “I don’t like to fight, I’m not a fighter, it usually makes me very nervous. But at this point in the game, something had to be done.
We spoke with other members of the community who have supported both Shows and the Jordans.
Considering the proximity to the people of this rural community and the fear of some sort of retaliation within the community, it was very difficult to get someone to speak to us on camera.
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