ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - Chase Massey spent one year in Normandy schools.
As a fifth grader at Lucas Crossing Elementary, he said his class was doing fourth grade work, and he claims the teachers were distracted.
"They would chew on ice, text and like the last week of school my teacher curled a girl's hair," he said.
"...Just how to survive in that environment," adds his mother Janine Massey. "That's what he learned."
Last year, Chase transferred back to Pattonville, where he grew up, and he says sixth grade there was tougher.
"I didn't learn everything from fifth grade. So I had to catch up. But it was OK because I got my grades back up," Chase tells NewsChannel 5.
His parents, Sherman and Janine Massey, said they're all disappointed that Pattonville sent its 23 transfers back. They tell us they haven't heard anything from Normandy about getting Chase enrolled there.
"We have no idea what's going on with Normandy. And right now, Normandy is not an option for us," Janine Massey said.
The Masseys worry that even with a new name, the Normandy Schools Collaborative, it'll be the same old Normandy.
"They still hired the same superintendent," Sherman Massey said. "They're interviewing the same teachers. So I don't know what can actually make that change."
So they wait, hoping Pattonville changes its mind and allows Chase to come back.
The family has spoken with an attorney about legal options to get their son back into Pattonville.