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OKLAHOMA CITY - Some parents are withdrawing their children from one Putnam City elementary school due to what they say are disciplinary issues and a lack of control from administrators.

Parent Teacher Association president Heather Eldridge withdrew her son from Windsor Hills Elementary School.

"He's been thrown over chairs, he got bruised ribs when he was in kindergarten from a student," Eldridge said.

Eldridge claims teachers are fending off attacks from their students.

"My son's previous teacher, she's pregnant now, she's having to deal with students being physical, stomping on her feet. The teacher next door checks desks because she's afraid students are going to hurt her because they try to stab people with pencils and throw things at her," Eldridge said.

Discipline referrals at Windsor Hills are more than double the average in the Putnam City School District, according to officials.

  • The average number of discipline referrals across all Putnam City School District elementary schools during the first quarter of the school year in the district was 17.8.
  • The average number of discipline referrals Windsor Hills had during that same quarter was 46.
  • The average number of discipline referrals across all Putnam City School District elementary schools during the second quarter of the school year in the district was 24.8
  • The number of discipline referrals Windsor Hills had during the same quarter was 81.
  • Regarding suspensions, Windsor Hills doubles the Putnam City School District average, according to officials.
  • The average number of suspensions across all Putnam City School District elementary schools during the first quarter of the school year was 5.7.
  • The average number of suspensions at Windsor Hills during that same quarter was 14.
  • The average number of suspensions across all Putnam City School District elementary schools during the second quarter of the school year was 9.6.
  • The average number of suspensions at Windsor Hills during that same quarter was 35.
  • The average number of in-school suspensions across all Putnam City School District elementary schools during the second quarter of the school year was 4.1.
  • The average number of in-school suspensions Windsor Hills recorded during that same quarter was 10.

The problems at Windsor Hills are being addressed, said Steve Lindley, the district's spokesman.

"Things are happening. There are consequences. So if the contention is that school administrators don't know what's happening to the students, then that's incorrect," he said.

Lindley pointed out parents sometimes equate lack of information with a lack of action from the school district.

"That's just not the case," he said.

Eldridge says she hopes her daughter in pre-K won't face the same extreme behavior she claims her son went through at the school.