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PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa  —  What happened in the lunchroom of Prairie City-Monroe Middle School last week is the subject of controversy, as one parent is speaking out and putting the blame on the school’s principal.

Jennifer Miles, the mother of an eighth grade student at PCM, says she’s very upset with Principal Ty Weatherman. Miles says Weatherman allowed eighth grade students to essentially bully the sixth graders by letting them leave a mess in the lunchroom and making the sixth grade students clean it up.

According to Miles, the sixth grade students have been leaving a mess on the tables at lunch for weeks. Then on Wednesday, there was early dismissal, so the lunches were switched and the eighth grade students got to eat first. The allegation is that the eighth grade students were told it was okay for them to leave a mess for the sixth graders–and were even egged on to do so–and that sixth grade students had to then clean up the mess. However, Miles says that sent the wrong message and was not the right way to teach the kids a lesson.

“It just sends a message to our kids that it’s okay to retaliate and bully other kids, and that’s not the kind of message we want to send here at PCM,” she said. “If it had been taken care of without involving the eighth graders, that’s where I think it should have ended, you know? If the sixth grade children were leaving a mess, for weeks and weeks at a time, then why didn’t the principal have them clean it up? Why did he allow eighth grade students to retaliate against them and bully them?”

While Miles disagrees with Weatherman’s alleged actions, another parent who did not want to be identified said she understands the lesson the principal may have been trying to teach.

In response to the incident, the school’s superintendent provided the following statement:

“This is matter is under review in accordance with the District’s established process for investigating and resolving complaints.  The District does not comment on pending complaints.” 

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Ninety-six-year-old Mike Fremont of Ohio stopped running marathons when he was 90. On Tuesday, Fremont set his sights on setting a new American record in the road race mile–and he did it.

Fremont finished the Grand Blue Mile in 13 minutes 55 seconds.

Fremont will attempt a world record in his age group on Friday night in the 800 meters. That race takes place at Drake Stadium.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Instead of the car lot, several vehicles are likely headed to the junkyard.

On Monday afternoon, a semi transporting multiple vehicles slammed into a railroad bridge, causing damage to the cars on top. A white Ford F-150 was pushed back into several other cars on the trailer.

No one was injured in the crash.

The truck clipped the top of the bridge just below the sign warning drivers of low clearance.

VAN METER, Iowa  —  The Iowa DNR recently conducted a controlled burn at Badger Creek State Recreation Area.

On April 12th, 120 acres were intentionally burned in order to remove trees from prairie areas, destroy dead grass and leaves that collect over the winter, and help with new growth during spring.

Just two weeks after the fire, it appears to be working. New green plants are already showing up in the area that was burned.

In this week’s FaceOff, Keith Murphy and John Sears discuss several timely topics, but somehow it ends with John doing a wall sit.

John Sears thinks the national champion Grand View volleyball team was interesting long before it won the title.

ANKENY, Iowa — About 80 Algona High School band students and staff were on a day trip when they were caught in a crash on I-35 around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

“So it was a chain reaction the pickup pulling the boat had to slow down. The first school bus rear ended the boat and it caused damage to the front of that bus and the second school bus rear ended the first one. So we would consider that moderate damage, what we saw when we arrived on scene,” Ankeny Fire Department Lieutenant Barry Schmidt said.

Lieutenant Schmidt said there were no serious injuries.

“We notified Polk County Emergency Management and they sent two DART buses up there to pick up all of the people and bring them back here to station one,” Schmidt said.

The Algona Superintendent said they were in between stops on the trip when the crash happened.

“So today was a day trip for our high school band. They had stopped in Ames and done a indoor fun park type thing and then we were on our way down to the mall and then we are heading to Les Mis tonight. So we were on our way between that first stop and the mall and ended up in a car accident out here on the interstate,” Algona Superintendent Marty Fonley said.

Fonley said the crash made some of the students anxious, but they still wanted to finish the day how they planned.

“They’re looking forward to the show still. The kids are pretty excited. We talked when we got here about do we want to go onto the show or do you want to just go home, do you want the buses to come down and get us to go home. Overwhelmingly the kids wanted to go on,” Fonley said.

Two students with minor back and neck injuries were taken to the hospital, but the majority of them went to the Des Moines Civic Center to see Les Miserables.

DES MOINES – After finishing runner-up the last 2 years Grand View won its first national volleyball title Saturday night, beating Benedictine (Mesa) 3-1.

Tim Johnson led the way with 17 kills, Felix Chapman added 16.

It was sweet revenge for the Vikings, who lost to Benedictine earlier in the week in pool play.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Shoppers went to the first day of the Younkers going out of business sale at Merle Hay Mall–hoping to beat the mad rush and cash in on some great deals–but some said they didn’t find what they were looking for.

“I have been shopping (at) Younkers for years and years,” said Joyce Butler of Altoona. “And as I was going in the door, I had two ladies tell me that everything went up full price and that it was a rip-off.”

On the outside of the store, signs said things like “ENTIRE STORE ON SALE!” However, many shoppers said they found something different when they went inside.

“When I went in, of course, one of the ladies that’s a cashier that I’ve known for years, she was about ready to cry,” said Butler. “And she said everything is full price now, with 10% off.”

Channel 13’s cameras were not allowed inside, where signs promised “EVERYTHING UP TO 30% OFF LOWEST TICKETED PRICE,” but shoppers said the deals they saw were not as good as they used to be.

“They’re not as good as the ones you used to be able to get with your credit card, with the Younkers card,” said Arlene Nyberg of Urbandale. “They were all just 10% off, period.”

“Nothing is on sale anymore and you can’t use your credit card,” said Butler. “Nor can you use your coupons, so, and I’m a coupon lady.”

Instead of finding great deals, many of customers ended up leaving the store empty-handed.

“They came out empty-handed as I did,” said Butler. “I’m redoing my bathroom, and I looked at two towels. Last week I bought towels, and I was coming back to get two more, and last week I paid $14.99 and now they’re $36, $37, and a soap dish is $38? No.”

The liquidation sales are expected to run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A fire in West Des Moines has forced residents of an apartment building out of their homes.

The fire started shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday in the 1400 block of 20th Street in Clive. A West Des Moines firetruck was working at an accident nearby and was able to respond first to the scene, just as the call was coming in. Fire officials say they found heavy smoke in the attic, which forced them to tear into the building through the roof. They say most of the damage was to the attic and hallway.

Firefighters were working with residents to get some of their belongings out, and officials say the situation could have been much worse if it happened late at night. The smoke and flames were above the detectors in the building.