African American students of Wynne High School were forced to the ground and held at gunpoint, while they were fundraising for a football team, by a jail administrator's wife.
Under the condition of anonymity, a 16-year-old sophomore says he and three of his football teammates were going door to door selling restaurant coupon cards last week, but they ran into trouble when they got to a home on Morningside Drive Wednesday morning.
Instead of selling coupons, the students, two of which still had their school football jerseys on, were met with a gun pointed at them. The woman with the gun demanded they get on the ground, and forced them to spread their legs, and keep their hands behind their backs until police arrived.
Police identified the woman as 46-year-old Jerri Kelly. She was subsequently charged with four counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering a minor.
Superintendent Carl Easley released the following statement:
"We intend to review all methods of fundraising used by school groups in grades K-12 to insure the safety of our children."
While it is unclear why Kelly acted so violently to the students, police say she bonded out of jail. The Cross County Sheriff says she did not have a mugshot picture taken because she had a medical issue while she was being booked.