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Documents: Challenger K-8 teacher barred from school

Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:09 PM

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A Challenger K-8 teacher on paid administrative leave is also on a "people that are not allowed on school board property" list distributed to district staff the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The teacher, Aaron Kinkaid, was placed on leave last April for leaving his classroom and students at Challenger K-8 during school hours without permission, yelling and attempting to enter a leadership meeting to tell them they were all "monsters," according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, which prompted a partial lockdown at the school after he left.

Hernando Today obtained a copy of the "no trespass" list that was sent via email and generated from Safety and Security Coordinator Barry Crowley's office, and based on incidents that occurred in the past 12 months.

"We put it out to school administrators first and asked them to share it with office staff, and they contacted the people that had been at their particular schools just to remind them, so that they didn't have an issue of showing up," Crowley said. "A lot of them are parents; we just didn't want them on our school premises."

Crowley said the list was generated based on past experiences and background checks conducted through his office, and that not everyone on the list has a criminal history.

Superintendent of Schools Bryan Blavatt said not all the information has been completed concerning whether or not Kincaid will return to work for the district, or when.

"It wasn't an official list," Blavatt said, adding that the list changes with time. "That was people at that particular time on a list prohibited from being on school property."

Blavatt said in the event Kincaid were reinstated as a teacher, the only way he could be removed from the no trespass list would be a determination that conditions no longer warranted him being there.

"If conditions change, and depending on what happens, obviously we would change the list; not just him, but any on it," Blavatt said.

Kincaid could not be reached for comment.

According to last year's Sheriff's Office incident report, Kinkaid returned to school grounds and the school resource officer there noted that he appeared to still be in an agitated state. The report shows he was screaming at nearby parents and children, "The school is not safe. Remove your kids from the school. Leave!"

Kinkaid told the deputy another teacher battered him, that the school is against him and against his son attending the school. He added the school targets gifted children by disciplining them "for no apparent reason."

No charges were filed.

Kinkaid has since said he was simply angry in light of an incident involving his son at the school, coupled with other issues stemming from the past few years.

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