Four black teens held at gunpoint while fundraising for school’s football team

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WYNNE, Arkansas (CNN) – “It makes me feel like if they moved in any type of way, she might’ve killed my boys and their friends.”

A father tells me his two teenagers and their friends were just trying to raise money for a fundraiser.

They decided to stop by Morningside Drive after football practice at Wynne High School.

He says instead of selling discount cards their lives were threatened when a woman pointed a gun at them.

“Yes, she racially profiled them because why would they look suspicious when you have a construction crew up the road doing construction.”

The father doesn’t want to show his face or tell us his name because he’s afraid of retaliation.

Wynne Police say the woman who pointed the gun at the teens is Jerri Kelly. She’s the wife of the Cross County Jail Administrator.

“She kept asking them do you know the hell I am doing you know who I am.”

This happened on Wednesday morning.

Investigators say they responded to a call about suspicious persons and found Kelly pointing a gun at four teens lying on the ground.

A grandparent tells me her grandson thought he was going to die.

“She put the gun right at my head and said I made peace with god that if I die I made it to heaven.”

Kelly’s brother Alan Holley tells me his sister felt threatened. He told me on the phone she is disabled and has severe seizures.

On Friday, she was arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor and other charges. Now, she’s out on bond.

The father tells me he hopes this is a wake-up call for the city of Wynne.

“This type of stuff is going on and is alive and well where we live, and it needs to stop.”

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(This story was originally published on August 16, 2019)

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