Irate dad causes lock down at school

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

March 22, 2014

An irate father caused concern for staff and students at Buffalo Elementary School last week which resulted in the school being locked down and the father being charged with terrorists acts.

According to the criminal complaint, Jeremy Ray Thomas Caldwell, 27, of Accoville, entered the school at around 1:30 p.m. Thurs., March 20, to pick up his children early from school.

Principal Debra Holly asked Caldwell why he was picking up his children early and he reportedly answered, “Just because.”

After the children were brought to the office, Caldwell reportedly asked the children “did someone come here to talk with you?” and the children replied “yes.” Caldwell then reportedly told his children “because of what you told them, you probably won’t be living with daddy anymore.”

Holly went into her office to call the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) when she was interrupted by “4 or 5” adults running into her office to tell her that Caldwell had stated “I am going on a rampage.”

One witness reported that she observed Caldwell “knocking and pounding on the door”. When he entered the room and began to speak with the children he advised them not to speak with individuals again from Child Protective Services.

Caldwell violated a “No Trespassing” order, issued by Holly in February. He was arrested Friday and charged with trespassing and terrorists acts. He is lodged in Southwestern Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.

The school was kept in lock down until Friday due to Caldwell’s behavior on Thursday.

Logan County Schools Superintendent Phyllis Doty says the school system will not tolerate anyone to disrespect or threaten school employees or bring threatening possible harm to any student.

“I would like to say as superintendent of schools I am responsible to make sure our kids and employees have a safe environment and work place,” Doty said. “I will do whatever it takes to insure my responsibility.”

Doty also praised law enforcement for their quick responses when she needs them.

“I would like to thank Sheriff Sonya Porter, and her deputies, for acting immediately every time I call. They are great and to be commended for their services, “I would like to thank the courthouse staff for supporting Logan County Schools to provide our students with a safe environment. God has blessed Logan County with great caring people and I am very proud to live in Logan County.”


Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.