Idaho parents say man entered classroom choked fifth-grade boy, harassed other children

The guardian of a northern Idaho fifth-grader is upset with a school's response after she says a man entered a classroom, harassed and assaulted children and put her grandson in a chokehold.

Jerry Peery said Thursday that other parents in rural Craigmont called police after hearing what happened from their children after classes let out Monday. She says school staff should have contacted authorities immediately.

Highland School and Lewis County officials are investigating.

Peery says 36-year-old Byron Scott Edwards assaulted her 10-year-old grandson.

Authorities say Edwards is in jail in a neighboring county and being held on unrelated felony methamphetamine and theft charges. He was not available to comment. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.


Information from: KLEW-TV,