Colbert parents looking for answers

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

COLBERT, Okla. -- A family in Colbert is looking for some answers after they say their son was spanked in school. Now the decision on what’s next in the case lies in the hands of the Bryan County District Attorney.

"It makes me feel terrified to send my children to school," concerned parent Jacinda Degarmo says.

Jacinda Degarmo has lived in Colbert all her life and never had any problems sending her children to the same school she went to years ago until this week.

"I don’t trust them now at all."

On Tuesday, Degarmo says her son Collin came home from West Ward Elementary with bruises on his back and shoulder. Those bruises are a result of a spanking given by principal Gerald Thompson, after Collin flashed an obscene gesture at a teacher.

His mother says her son is innocent and is angry he was spanked in the first place.

The Degarmos turned in a form to school officials denying them permission to use corporal punishment on their child.

"I’m angry and frustrated that they would go against me and my husband’s wishes, and if you don’t want your kids disciplined you shouldn’t have to worry about sending your kids to school and them coming home and telling you they were."

We tried to contact Colbert school officials and Principal Thompson today but both were unavailable for comment.

That same day, Degarmo called Colbert Police and the Department of Human Services to investigate.

Colbert city officials did not appear on camera but did tell us the results of the investigation including pictures and medical exams have been turned over to the district attorney's office, who will determine if any charges will be filed in the case.

Despite the allegations, Thompson is still on the job.

That’s not good enough for Degarmo.

"He’s still working there, and they are acting like this is not a problem at all."

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  • by amazed Location: texas on Dec 5, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    i agree with anonymous from sherman (although i wouldn't go so far to say the bruises came from the parents) i do think this is a mom that just wanted attention, probably didn't like the principal and thought she could get two birds with one stone. kxii was just reporting the story, don't blame them when it didn't pan out, blame the mom that lied about the whole thing. this is a story that would have effected many people and needed to be said had it been true. you can't make people tell the truth but you would think an adult would know better! maybe that is why the child was in can you expect a 5 year old to know right and wrong when the parents show them that 'made up stories that could hurt people's stories are ok, and even better if you get on tv!' i think this lady needs some serious help before her children are more messed up than they apparently already are!
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    In Support, you don't read very well do you, channel 12 says at the top that they tried to contact the school, and besides I am sure they were trying to get all the information before they put it on TV, the bottom line is this lady wanted to be on TV so she made up a story that her kid had bruises on him when all this time it was probably the parents that were bruising their kid
  • by In support of "legal question" on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    I agree with the post by Legal Question. Channel 12 was out of line by viewing the story before talking to a school official. How hard did they try to locate a school official. And, is it legal or ethical for a school official or the police to discuss a student during a TV interview without the parental consent???
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:11 PM
    Anonymous Location TX, You know I think you are the one that is completley out of line, I am a teachers aide and we have kindergarten students that are in ISS or have been in detention, my kids we have never flipped off a teacher they have respect for their elders, this child probably got all this from his parents, seeing them doing it and he thinks its OK to do it, cussing I would not be surprised that he does that too
  • by anonymous Location: Tx. on Dec 4, 2007 at 08:28 AM
    I feel that alot of these comments about the mom were completely out of line,and totaly off the subject at hand.This child is only what 5 yrs old?Have none of you as parents not had your child do anything that was wrong? If you haven't, then lucky you.If you have ,it doesn't mean that you taught them to do it or even that you won't punish them for it.Some parents would rather discipline their child theirselves,or maybe this wouldn't have gotten so out of hand if someone would've just called his parents like they are supposed to.Again,he is only a child and I'm sure that this does not insure a life of crime ,so everybody just chill and focus on your children.
  • by Oklahoma Location: Oklahoma on Dec 4, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    At this point the main concern should be how the Collin got bruises on his back. Maybe someone should be offering to help Collin. Yes Collin did something wrong and should be discplined. But DHS needs to know how the bruises got there to began with...and what about his brother and sister do they have bruises.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    Legal Question, this has nothing to do with Channel 12 news they did all they could to gather information on this story, the parents lied about the whole thing and when it was all said and done the principal figured out what the parent did, you really need to read a little bit better before you type a comment on here.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Dec 3, 2007 at 06:05 PM
    Anonymous, so just how was this little boy discipline, if he was my child he would have got his bottom busted, and as for his parents, they need to watch how hard they spank their child, if they do not correct their child from flipping people off now he will get worse and where in the world do you think he seen this flipping off of the finger I am sure his parents have done it and he thought it was OK to do it too
  • by Legal Question on Dec 3, 2007 at 06:01 PM
    I place most of the blame on Channel 12. They should never have interviewed this person without contacting a school official or the police. Legally, can something be done to prevent this from happening in the future. Here's a similar situation that could happen. I wonder what Channel 12 would do about this: Let's say that Channel 10 interviewed a guy that accused a Channel 12 reporter of hitting him. This story aired on Channel 10. Then Channel 10 was notified by the police that the reporter did not do this. How do you think the Channel 12 reporter and his news team would feel about this?

    You should know that we attempted to contact the police department, the school district, and the principal for comment on this story. Every attempt was refused. It would have been a better situation if all parties gave information for the story. The same applies to your hypothetical example. Thanks for the comments. -Charlie Haldeman
  • by Jethro Location: Oklahoma on Dec 3, 2007 at 02:29 PM
    Thank God for Educators and Parents who discipline out of love. Kid's who think they can do whatever they want , grow up to be adults that do the same. Are you getting this Mrs. Jacinda Degarmo? "I wish that all fathers of households stand forth and practice their role. They will use the rod and not permit their children to go astray. Firmness is needed in your world that is filled with laxity, permissiveness, and degradation. "Your children have been misled by many who shall answer to the Father. As teachers they have failed in their role. Therefore, as parents you must succeed in yours." - St. Joseph, March 18, 1973 As the Bible tells us: "He who spareth the rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24) and "Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell." (Proverbs 23:13-14)
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