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Jun 2, 2011

No classes at Sadie Vernon; teachers show support at police station

Kendis Ferguson

But while that’s the President of the PTA’s side, Kendis Ferguson visited our studios to give his account of what transpired. Ferguson says that he was unable to submit the grade book because he didn’t have it at school. He told News Five that he went to the principal’s office where Humes threatened and attacked him with a metal name plate. Staff members intervened and he was taken away by the police.

Kendis Ferguson, Teacher & Sadie Vernon Board Member

“When I walked through the door I said good morning, the principal raised her head—I guess acknowledging my presence and said Mister Ferguson—I said “the big mouth one come” referring to myself. Immediately upon saying that, Mister Humes who was standing to the far right of the principals desk pushed up and said well you could come cause I noh fraid for you at all. So I said I noh fraid fi you either. He went on and said, I heard you like make threats and talk bout George Street, but you wah see weh happen to if you fool with me today cause I born and grow dah George Street—101 George Street to be in fact. I noh know all that thing deh, dah weh he say—but I guess it could be verified if that is true—and we went back and forth with some discourtesies. The principal jumped up, but instead of holding back Mister Humes, herself and the vide principal came to me and start pushing me out through the door. And I told her, Miss don’t push me, don’t touch me, I’m not doing anything. And while she is coming towards me and pushing me, she’s following behind her and so I say miss move, noh  push me, noh touch me, noh hold me and we exchanged words. And this man went as far as to tell me if you think you wah do me anything, you wah dead. And I became irate and I said I wah dead? And I told him, I don’t take threats lightly and I started to walk push pass the principal and walk towards him at which time the vice principal backed up the principal and tried to prevent me and him from coming to each other. He then reached to the principal’s desk and grabbed hold of a very thick name plate—I think it’s cast iron or aluminum or something; very heavy looking—and made as swing at me at which time the vice principal, Mister Daniel Tillett, grabbed it out of his hand. I told him, bwai you di play you know, you di play. He said, “Bwai? You dah bwai. You dah bwai. In fact I know you guys, you dah idiot.” And we exchanged words back and forth again and the principal is saying u need to go.”

Andrea Polanco

“Did you at any point pushed, made contact?”

Kendis Ferguson

“Miss I’m not certain what your name is, but what I’ve been told when I was released from the station is that he has alleged that I had pushed him down or pushed him up to a wall or something. As I informed the police officers at two stations and he confessed until I told them that I don’t just want to leave a statement, I want to press charge [because] he told me I dead. I guess that dah when he changed the story back.”

Andrea Polanco

“Did you return any threats to him?”

Kendis Ferguson

“I didn’t, like I told you I sat down. And if it is, “you wah kill me then you wah see weh wah happen” is a threat—if that amounts to a return of a threat then I guess that is for interpretation. He told me I dead. He told me you dead you weah see weh wah happen. Weh wah happen? And we exchanged words. Ih say you wah see weh wah happen. I tell ahn well we wah see weh wah happen. And I told him I don’t take threats lightly; especially made on my life.”

Ferguson says he will be pressing charges of assault against Humes.

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4 Responses for “No classes at Sadie Vernon; teachers show support at police station”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Mr. Humes, i was proud of you when I thought you were trying to be hands on with your son’s education a few months ago, if this story is true, I am very disappointed in you. If you threatened this man who you described as a great teacher with the GSG, you need top be prosecuted for making terroristic threats. No one can walk in that area without fear & that is nothing to be proud & it saddens me that someone old enough to remember a time when murder was not the only resolution to our problems has now resorted to using the little mfs that are now destroying the hood.

  2. Sugar says:

    and then we wonder why pickney cyant behave themself pan the street….look how parent, PTA president, teacher acting?/ shame….am not taking sides here but….for a teacher to talk like that, no wanda pickney cyant talk good..

  3. Inglebert says:

    the teachers need to be showing an example to students how you think students will look at them now they dont realize you have to earn respect to get respect.

  4. sonny says:

    Ferguson is a great teacher and just because he is president of the PTA doesn’t mean his son should be treated any differently from the rest for children do tend to use social status advantageously

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