Complaint shows background to Cushing disturbance

CUSHING, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

CUSHING, TX (KTRE) - A complaint shows some background to what may have led to a disturbance Friday night in a Cushing ISD parking lot, following graduation exercises.

The narrative shows that Codi Kerss, who is married to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss, did not wish to press charges against the student, but wanted the complaint to be on record.

Kerss said she was walking down a hallway at Cushing ISD and talking to her daughter when a female student made contact with her. Kerss stated that the force of the contact was so hard that it spun Kerss around. Kerss then stated that after the contact was made, the student turned and said, "My bad."

Deputy Constable Russell Wright, who took the complaint, then contacted Cushing ISD Officer Shane Johnson, who played video surveillance of the incident.

Wright stated he observed contact between the two, but could not tell if it was intentional. He also stated he could not tell if words were exchanged between the two, but that it did not appear it was the force of the contact that spun Kerss around, but that Kerss just turned around to see who made contact with her.

Witnesses during the disturbance Friday night said that Kerss had used a chemical agent on at least two individuals.

The county auditor's office confirmed Wednesday that Kerss had resigned from her post at the District Attorney's Office, where she had worked as an investigator.

A call to Codi Kerss was not immediately returned. Sheriff Kerss and his wife had previously declined to comment on the matter. A Texas Ranger is investigating the incident.

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