(Casper, Wyo.) - Last week, we reported that a nineteen-year-old male was arrested by the Casper Police Department for indecent exposure near a Natrona County School and near the Natrona County bus hub.Click to read the report
After the incident occurred, the mother of the child who reported the act,
talked to her child about the dangers that were present in the situation
and the mother talked to the teachers to make sure the students were aware
of what had happened.
We spoke with the mother, Amanda Huckabay, who commented:
"I told my child not to share with her friends what happened, but to
address the whole class and talk about what had happened. I spoke with my
child's teachers who were not aware of what had occurred. I also spoke with
the Principal of Park Elementary, and urged her to talk with all of her
students about the dangers of suspicious suspects in the area and
neighborhood and what they should do. I wanted the staff to empower these
kids and for them to not be scared. The principal told me that she had been
contacted by the Casper Police Department about a suspicious male in the
area prior to the incident, and she had personally witnessed a male hanging
around the school one morning. She took a profile picture of the suspect
and the male ran away, officers at the time were not able to apprehend him.
To me, this was something that parents should have been made aware of
before this happened to my child."
Huckabay went on to comment that situations do happen and nobody has
control of them, but she felt that this situation could have been avoided
had the parents been made aware of the possible dangers.
"I would assume that the Casper Police Department had notified the school
district, and I just don't understand why the message was not spread to
parents. If it had been a weapon threat the schools would have gone into
lockout or lock down. My concern is why was this information not shared?"
Monday night at the Natrona County School Board meeting, Huckabay addressed
school board members who she felt did not know or have any idea about the
"To me, it was a poor choice on the principal and the district to not
notify parents and staff. We could have alleviated the problem. Sharing
these dangers with parents would have put a thousand eyes on the situation
and the area, and the suspect may have been located sooner. I just felt
like this issue needed to be dealt with at a higher level," said Hukabay.
This situation could have ended a lot worse, but Huckabay told us that she
has spent some time educating her child about the dangers of suspicious men
and women around schools.
"My child is empowered and educated about these issues, because I have
empowered her. A lot of parents may not talk to their kids about these
Natrona County School District shared this afternoon that they will
continue to work closely with local law enforcement to implement safety
practices and training in the future. This situation has given the district
an opportunity to improve and review practices and protocols.
Huckabay concluded, "My only hope is that some polices that get implemented
and used to keep our kids safe."
Tonight at 6:30 pm parents and school district members will be hosting a
meeting at Park Elementary to look into what occurred and consider some
solutions for the future.