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Parents speaking out after teaching assistant charged with bringing harmful chemical to school

TECUMSEH, Okla. - Parents are speaking out after a teaching assistant allegedly dumped a harmful chemical on the floor of a classroom.

"I want to know that the kids are safe when they're there," said Todd Wilson.

It's a fear Wilson never thought he'd face: whether or not his son is safe at school.

"I think a lot of us are silly enough to think that they are and, man, the more I look at it, the more I worry," Wilson said.

Back in December, the fire department was called to Krouch Early Childhood Center for a chemical spill.

Come to find out, a teaching assistant, Lori Heffley, dumped a harmful chemical called 'Bee Go' in the classroom.

The chemical is often used to make bees vacate their hives.

"This happened on Wednesday. On Friday, it came to light kind of all of the details we were left out of. The school wouldn't tell them to me, but I found out through teachers and parents," Wilson said.

Wilson claims the chemical made several employees sick, and he said the kids were let back inside the building within 15 minutes.

So, he and his wife went to authorities.

'It is our belief that there was never any in that classroom. It was placed in there early in the morning before students arrived," said Assistant Chief J.R. Kidney with the Tecumseh Police Department.

According to the affidavit, when questioned by police, Heffley said she thought the Bee Go "smelled good."

Criminal charges have been filed, and the school district said Heffley resigned.

Parents tell NewsChannel 4 they want to see things like this handled differently in the future.

"I never thought it would be that hard to protect 400 little kids," Wilson said.

According to court documents, Heffley is charged with biomedical assault, which is a felony.