A former high school librarian and coach charged in Labette County District Court with two counts of aggravated endangering a child apparently has been denied diversion.
Lori Green of Altamont was to have the judge review her case on Thursday in Labette County District Court after she applied for diversion. Instead, her attorney, Robert Myers, asked that the case be set for a preliminary hearing.
Green sought diversion in January and Deputy County Attorney Mandy Johnson said she would review the application to see if Green was eligible.
Diversion is an option for many nonviolent crimes, though some lower level felony offenses may be eligible for the program.
In a diversion, the applicant generally admits to some wrongdoing and the case is removed from the court docket while the applicant participates in a program similar to probation. Requirements vary but can include restitution to a victim or victims, paying a diversion and supervision fee, attending some type of program or community service. Once the applicant has completed the program, the prosecutor will petition to dismiss the charge or charges. The person’s criminal record will not show a conviction.
Green was charged last year after an investigation into an incident at Labette County High School. According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the incident occurred on May 14, 2019. Two students were in the building trades shop at the school when Lori Green drove her Lincoln Navigator into the roll-up door. Green and her husband, Eddie, had been arguing outside the building and the argument continued inside the building after the students left the shop.
The sheriff’s department was asked to investigate the case on May 31, 2019, 17 days after the incident and two weeks after Mrs. Green’s first closed-door meeting with USD 506 school board members.
The Labette County USD 506 Board of Education accepted Green’s written letter of retirement on May 22, 2019. The decision to accept the letter, on a 5-1 vote, followed several closed sessions between the coach and board members. The board had also met with Mrs. Green in closed session on May 17, three days after the incident.
Lori Green told a detective last summer that the incident was an extension of an earlier argument. When asked about hitting the door with the vehicle, Mrs. Green said she didn’t mean to. The detective asked her about a report that she yelled at her husband that she was going to drive the vehicle through the building. She said that to get his attention and that she would not have done it, Mrs. Green told the detective.
Green’s preliminary hearing is set for May 8 in Oswego.