Update: School Intruder In Court

By: Chase Moffitt, Brian Mastre contributed to this report Email
By: Chase Moffitt, Brian Mastre contributed to this report Email

On Monday morning, 27 5th graders at Buffett Middle School were met with a scary surprise during gym class when 22-year-old Gregory Rayfield, who police say is mentally impaired, walked through the side door of the gym.

The principal says Rayfield was able to walk through a door that's normally locked because a piece of carpet was pulled out to keep the door open. Once inside the gym, Rayfield reportedly waived a sharp grilling fork in front of the 27 students.

Nafeseh Riahi, 6th grader at Buffett Magnet, was there too. She had stopped to ask the PE teacher a question. "I saw this guy enter the gym and he waved a pitchfork - I mean a barbecue fork." Reporter asks, "What went through your mind when you heard that?" Riahi says, "I thought he was going to hurt us."

But that wasn't the first time Rayfield entered the Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School. Three days earlier, Rayfield walked through the front doors of the school and went into the main office according to investigators.

Police reports obtained by Channel 6 News say he handed the secretary a note that read quote, "I will kill you all.”

The reports went on to say Rayfield took 10 pills in order to intentionally hurt himself and that he went to the school because he wanted to hit someone.

School staff wants to know why Rayfield was even let back into society after threatening the school. Dr. Ed Bennett, Principal at Buffett Middle School says, "It certainly would help if the individual were not out in public however after threatening a school that is my main concern. Why is he even back? What about our system that would allow him to even be in the vicinity of the building?”

This morning a Douglas County Judge set bail for Gregory Rayfield at $100,000.
On Monday morning, 27 5th graders at Buffett Middle School were met with a scary surprise during gym class when Rayfield, who police say is mentally impaired, walked through the side door of the gym.

Parents and students had more questions for administrators. Elizabeth Keres, a 6th grader, wondered why the school didn't go into lock down. "They usually tell us if there's someone in the building and have a lock down but they didn't."

And only on Tuesday did students learn the same man walked into the office four days earlier.

Parent Mary Miller said, "It's scary. Scary."

Parent Cheryll Chambers said, "I think we live in a safe area but if something does happen - we should be told immediately."

On Monday, administrators sent a letter home to the 27 students in the gym. On Tuesday, all students and parents were notified. But even in the letter that went home, the principal failed to mention the first incident.

Dr. Ed Bennett said, "We thought about notifying parents on Friday - but he simply - it seemed like it would create more concern than was warranted by the situation. Although the note was threatening - he wasn't. He showed no ability to make good on his threats."

Parents remain skeptical.

Parent Lisa Keres: "This is something that is important. It's a good thing it happened the way that it did so we can learn from it - they can learn from it."

After the first incident, Gregory Rayfield couldn't talk or give his name to the principal and he spent 72-hours at a mental facility.

The second incident has led to felony charges of terroristic threats.

In 2010, Rayfield spent one day in jail for carrying a concealed weapon. It was not a gun.


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