Grandfather Accused Of Attacking Teacher At School Ceremony

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

It was the last day of school at Burnside Elementary School in Somerset... and for a group of kindergartner, first and second graders it was also a day to receive awards gathered throughout the year.

it appears one grandfather however took it too personally when his grandson did not get the appropriate award in his eyes.

Sheriff Todd Wood says his office got a call around 11:30 this morning that a man slapped a teacher after the award ceremony.

According to the sheriff there were many students, parents, and visitors who were witness to the assault, saying this shouldn't be the last memory these kids take with them on summer break.

63 year old Marion Flynn is now in the Pulaski County Jail charged with 3rd degree assault. If convicted he could face one to five years in jail.


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  • by Tikay Location: Lexington on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:35 PM
    This incident, and the surrounding media circus frightens me, and some of the attitudes and ideas expressed here absolutely terrify me. Teachers aren't in it for the kids? What are they in it for? The abuse from students, parents, administrators and the media? The enormous paychecks? The solid and secure health and retirement benefits? I am very sorry that this man has had so much tragedy in his life, and I am also sorry that the teacher in question was apparently disrespectful. Neither of those facts give him the right to strike someone. I get angry as well. I raise my voice. I shout. And then I count to ten and try to reason things out. I certainly don't hit someone. I do not teach small children to solve their problems by hitting. I hope that this grandfather's life is not forever ruined by this--since that would simply cause more tragedy for the child involved. I do hope that he expresses regret for losing control.
  • by Lilly Location: Burnside on Jun 2, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    I would first like to thank MR Flynn for giving money last year to kids in his son's class who did good all week and could not afford money from home to put in vending mechines as award. This is a sad thing that if your good all week in school you can bring money to school to buy your own reward. tells me a lot about this system MONEY HUNGRY.
  • by c Location: fkt on Jun 2, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    If a criminal in handcuffs can slap his court appointed attorney and nothing happen to him, then this grandfather should be left alone as well. Words had to be exchanged for this man to react as he did. SOME teachers are ignorant & talk down to parents, thinking that they are so much better than the parent. There are GOOD teachers, but there are also those who HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS TEACHING! For the child's sake, I hope everything works out for this man. As for the teacher, perhaps he will watch how he speaks to parents/people in the future!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 1, 2008 at 08:35 PM
    Furthermore, these ceremonies only serve to make the parents feel better about raising their kids, and is not indicative about anything that those kids will/will not do in the future, it's too young to tell. In this particular case, if the teacher cursed the grandparent which inciting the assault, the teacher should be fired and the grandparent jailed. If the teacher did no such thing, the grandparent should still be jailed. Either way, it's time to teach people that violence is NEVER the answer to a communications problem. Either learn how to communicate with others without fighting, or stay at home and don't come out.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 1, 2008 at 08:32 PM
    Here is a prime example of why there should NOT be any graduation/promotion/awards ceremonies until you are graduating HIGH SCHOOL! A graduation ceremony used to mean that you've completed one part of your life and are moving onto another (aka finished school and now going into the world), and that's why you only had High School and College graduation ceremonies. Now, you have one at Kindergarten, 5th grade, and 8th grade too, and they are totally meaningless. This is the reason why our schools have no money, because they WASTE it on things like this instead of putting the money into EDUCATING the kids. I just went to a 5th grade graduation this week and it was everything I could do not to laugh through the whole thing...it was nothing but patting kids on the back for doing good who will either always do good or end up as drug dealers later, and everyone else was made to feel bad because those kids got the awards. It's a terrible thing to do to a child and should be stopped!
  • by HA Location: Louisville on Jun 1, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Opinions based on limited information and EVERYONE has an opinion. So, let me give you mine because I have the facts. No, it was not appropriate for Mr. Flynn to slap the teacher in the school in front of the students. He should have taken him out back and smacked the crap out of this little weasel. An education degree does NOT make a person a teacher.
  • by Retired Educator Location: E. Ky on Jun 1, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    Barb, if you had a few like me, you were truly blessed..you had a teacher who cared about YOU, no matter who your parents were and what they did...like I said, a student can't help what the parent does and should not be held accountable for it. Still, you have those parents who do not teach their children to respect others...teachers included...So I do hope you had one of those like me...sounds like you did not..Granted, there are a few bad apples, but slapping them is not the answer any more than slapping a child is the answer..
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    To Anonymous - Grouping all teachers into your little rant isn't necessary. It's obvious you don't have a college degree. Anyone in today's society that gets a degree should be congratulated. From the mother of a teacher who is proud she graduated from a mediocre college to become said teacher.
  • by Donna Location: Mickles on May 30, 2008 at 10:45 PM
    Megan, Melissa and Sheila, you are all right, their is more to this story. Their has been complaints from the parents to the school all this school year. I hear the word respect the Teacher, what about Mr. Flynn, does he not need to be respected, just because he is not educated or have a degree, is that a reason for not respecting him as well. Wayne Flynn is a good man, I never knew him to be any other way. People, get a life, he slapped a Teacher, he did not take a arm or leg, HE HURT THE TEACHER'S FEELINGS. This should not be a feloney to carry 1 to 5. What ever Mr. Flynn gets, the Teacher should get the same. It take two to get to this point. You can bet their was something said, Wayne just didn't go off and slap him for no reason. I wonder why the Teacher is not locked up for verbal assult and slander? This child was adopted by his Grandparents after their daughter was murdered by the father of the child and then the father took him own life. Wayne is the only Father of this child.
  • by Bill Location: Allen on May 30, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    You people defending this guy are fools. He assaulted someone. He deserves jail time and a mental evaluation. Violence is no way to handle this problem. It's sad that some of you think it's ok to hit somebody. Also, spellcheck before you post.

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