MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A parent accused of assaulting two teacher’s assistants inside a school was in court Wednesday morning.
According to Memphis Police Department, 38-year-old Shana Disroe entered Sharpe Elementary through an unlocked back door near the cafeteria.
The teacher’s assistants told police that Disroe felt like her son was being disrespected and she immediately became verbally aggressive with them.
After one assistant asked Disroe to sign a disciplinary form regarding her child acting out, the mother allegedly acted out, swinging her fist at one of the assistants but missing and hitting the assistant standing next to her.
Police say Disroe’s son then pushed one of the assistants.
Disroe was arrested and charged with assault.
We reached out to the district about this incident and they issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed whenever parents don’t uphold the principles of good citizenship that we teach our students. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. According to our review, the parent was buzzed in through a locked door during after-care dismissal as customary when parents arrive to pick up their children.”
According to Memphis Police, Disroe allegedly entered the school through an unlocked door. District officials have said in the past exterior doors are to remain closed and locked at all times.
In the latest incident at Sharpe Elementary, court documents said it happened during an after school program last fall and the back door should have been locked.
Leaving school doors unlocked will be a costly violation if a new law pushed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is passed.
Gov. Lee signed an executive order last summer that he says enhances school safety. One of the items is random checks to see if school doors are latched properly.
“Our Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers have been building stronger relationships with school leadership in their area and are also doing more frequent, unannounced checks to see if school doors latch and precautions are in place,” Gov. Lee said. at the time.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said it has been frequently conducting unannounced school checks to ensure safety. But when we asked for records of those checks, they told us all records related to safety plans are not open to the public.
A group of Memphis Shelby County School teachers traveled to Nashville to meet with lawmakers on Monday. They discussed school safety and a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in school.
Some teachers like Rosemary Winters are against those solutions.
“We haven’t trained to hold guns, we have not been through training to carry weapons, so I am totally against guns in our school district,” Winters said.
However, school board members are still trying to find ways to make schools safer.
It will cost MSCS more than $6 million to reinforce security, and another proposal includes spending more than $800,000 on everything from security cameras to intercoms, and alarm systems.
These two contracts still need full approval.
This isn’t the first time the WREG Investigators have uncovered unwanted visitors getting into a school through a door that should have been locked.
Back in 2018, we looked into school security after a fight at Ridgeway High. Police said two women snuck through an unlocked side door and beat up a girl.
That same year at Alcy Elementary, a man reportedly forced his way past an employee taking out the trash and stabbed a woman in the cafeteria.