CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The father of 9-year-old Davion Hughes is demanding answers after Davion was searched at Huffman Elementary School Wednesday.
Davion was pulled from class and searched after a report that a student had brought a bullet to school. Davion’s father Dave told News 4 school officials searched his son’s shoes and pockets even though they knew Davion was not involved.
“After this 20 or 30 minute ordeal yesterday, I can’t get him involved in school anymore,” Dave said.
Dave also said Davion didn't eat dinner Wednesday, wouldn’t play, and woke up several times in the middle of the night.
“I was afraid they were going to take me to jail,” Davion said.
“The only thing I know is that I’m dealing with a 9-year-old child who’s very emotionally distressed right now,” Dave said.
Dave said he believes the school should have contacted him or his wife beforehand.
“I still feel my wife or myself should have been contacted before you take it upon yourself to illegally search my 9-year-old child,” Dave said. “To detain my 9-year-old, you don’t have an answer that’s going to make me happy to anything you have to say about that.”
Cahokia Superintendent Art Ryan said district policy is in accordance with the Illinois code, giving administrators the power to search if they think a student has a dangerous item on campus.
“Our number one priority is the kids are safe at school, and if there is a potential danger, that it is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible and in most cases that means we cannot wait for parents to get there,” Ryan said.