after taping teacher to chair
Five seniors at Park Hill High School have been
charged with assaulting a teacher during the last
week of school. The five boys allegedly tried
to tape a male teacher to a chair just days before
the students were scheduled to graduate.
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said, When
students flaunt authority to the point that a
police officer must get involved, the matter ceases
to become a simple school discipline matter and
becomes an issue that the entire community must
confront. Teachers and children alike deserve
safe schools where students can learn free from
this sort of flagrant and potentially dangerous
Those charged are: Joseph L. Blankenship, 18,
of Kansas City; Dexter Briscoe, 18, of Kansas
City; Trevor Hachman, 18, of Weatherby Lake; Daniel
M. Ikona, 19, of Kansas City; Matthew T. Mayfield,
18, of Kansas City. Each is charged with third
According to court records, on May 11, the five
Park Hill High School students restrained a teacher
and attempted to use packaging tape to tape him
to a chair. Blankenship allegedly had the tape
in his backpack. Mayfield allegedly said he wanted
to mess with the teacher.
Court documents allege Ikona covered the teachers
eyes during the incident. The other students allegedly
attempted to restrain the teacher so Blankenship
could tape him to the chair. The teacher ultimately
broke free before the students could tape him
to the chair. He was not injured.
The students allegedly laughed about the event
after it occurred.
The incident occurred early in the school day
and was reported to the Platte County Sheriffs
Department Deputy who serves as the School Resource
Officer at the high school. The deputy arrested
the teens, and they were taken to the Platte County
Jail. They were later released, pending further
investigation and charges.
Zahnd said, Fortunately, neither the teacher
nor the students were hurt in this incident, but
this was more than just a senior prank gone bad.
The fact that the students continued joking about
the event, even after they were handcuffed and
being led to jail, shows a distressing lack of
respect for school and police authorities.
Each student faces a maximum sentence of 15 days
in jail or a fine of up to $300.
The charges against the students are merely accusations,
and they are presumed innocent until and unless