Judge won't lower bond for man accused in school assault

Posted: September 26, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.

— A judge has refused to lower a $100,000 bond for a parent accused of assaulting three children at a Caraway elementary school.

Circuit Judge Lee Fergus on Tuesday set a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 2 for 47-year-old Michael Stayton and a trial for Nov. 26.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Stayton is charged with three counts of second-degree battery, one count of terroristic threatening and three counts of false imprisonment.

Riverside Superintendent Tommy Knight said last week that Stayton entered a classroom and accused a student of being mean to his daughter and chased three students.

The children — ages 8, 9 and 10 — also told police that Stayton struck them and wouldn’t let them leave.

The purported assault occurred after recess and before the teacher reached the classroom.