A former US police officer who was threatened with rape and death when confronting a group of local youth said she feared British society would become as lawless as it was during her previous stay in Louisiana.
Angela Flynn made the headlines yesterday when it was revealed that her husband Michael had been fired from his teaching job after he posted on Facebook about an incident where a gang of youngsters tried to steal a bike from their front yard, saying , they would attack his wife if they rumbled her.
Today Ms Flynn, 52, revealed to MailOnline how bravely she took a stand against the youngsters by calling on her police to find out her identity.
When she rushed out of her home in Gillingham, Kent, to confront her, one claimed he had a knife and would be coming back with other people to “murder and rape her”.
She recalled today, “I didn’t want to just take that, so I said to him, ‘If you’ve got a knife, I hope you know how to use it, because you’re going to need it.”
Angela Flynn’s husband Michael Flynn has been fired from his teaching job after posting on Facebook about the incident where the youngsters tried to steal a bike from their front yard
Ms Flynn has revealed how determined she was to assert herself against young yobs. She is pictured here with her husband and daughter Alexis
Mr Flynn, 52, allegedly flouted his school’s social media policy by posting online
Mr Flynn took to Facebook after the first alleged incident on May 23
“During my police career I have been involved in shootings and other horrific incidents. I’ve seen and experienced a lot and didn’t want to be intimidated by a snotty 10-year-old in Kent. So I yelled at them to get off my property, walked up to them, and then these kids ran away.”
Ms Flynn said she followed the youths to a park and tried to find out who the parents of the person threatening them were so she could alert them, but was unable to give names.
The next day, May 24, the same git returned to their house with other friends and was about to throw a brick through a window when Mr Flynn, 55, looked out and realized it was one of his students, aged 10 years.
The teacher appealed to the youngsters’ parents on Facebook and was subsequently fired from his job at Twydall Primary School for violating social media guidelines.
An angry Ms Flynn said: “If a child steals a bike because they don’t want to work for it, and the school makes it possible for that child by firing the teacher, what message are you sending?”
“I’ve seen what happened in America where youngsters were allowed to get away with bad behavior and unfortunately Britain is now moving in that direction.” nothing to stop it.”
She added, “I took a stand against these youngsters because I don’t want what happened in America to happen here.” I love this country, it’s my adopted home and I want us to understand which ones Values we instill in our young people and what we want them to do. If we don’t do that, Britain will be in the same position as the US.”
Ms. Flynn, whose father died in an accident two months before she was born, grew up with her three older brothers on a farm in Louisiana with her mother and grandfather.
She now lives in an assisted living facility with Mr Flynn and their daughter from a previous marriage Alexis, 20, who requires 24-hour care after being paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident four years ago.
During her time in the police force, Ms. Flynn was stationed in the town of Natchitoches just outside of New Orleans, where she worked as a traffic cop, patrolled high-crime areas and led an animal cruelty investigation unit.
She also ran her own horse ranch, specializing in working with at-risk young people. Before she joined the police at the age of 28, she was a competitive rider, but had to give up after a knee injury.
During her time in the Louisiana Police Department, Ms. Flynn was stationed in the town of Natchitoches, just outside of New Orleans. She has held a variety of jobs including patrolling high crime areas, head of the Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit, and traffic cop
Mr Flynn’s former employer, Twydall Primary School in Gillingham (pictured)
She said, “I have a lot of experience working with animals and at-risk youth.” As I went after this kid who was threatening me, I wanted his parents to know what he was up to because that would be key to his rehabilitation and the Taking appropriate action by the school.
“It was Michael who informed the school of what had happened and I expected they would step in to remove this child from the class and work with him.” But instead they fired Michael, which is a shame .”
Ms Flynn, who has four other children from her previous marriage and seven grandchildren who all live in the United States, met her husband online in 2019. He was living and working in Spain at the time.
By that time she had left military service and moved to a remote home in Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains with her daughter Alexis.
She said: “We lived our dream life in the middle of the forest and went hiking together for three or four days and did other wonderful things in the great outdoors.”
“I’m a country girl at heart and I was happy to leave the police intact because I’ve seen a lot of horrible things and how unfair the world can be.” It was great to get away from it all with Alexis. “I’m a very devoted mother and I really liked that it was just the two of us in the midst of this beautiful nature.”
In 2020, tragedy struck when Alexis broke her neck after falling off the edge of a cliff. She had been enlisted in the US Marine Corps and had ambitions to become an FBI agent.
The youths allegedly tried to steal a bike from the front garden of Mr Flynn’s home in Gillingham, Kent. Ms Flynn (left, with Mr Flynn on right) says she asked them to leave before one of them threatened to stab them and bring people who would rape and murder them
The couple say vulnerable neighbors in the assisted living community are also concerned about antisocial behavior. Michael and Angela Flynn are pictured together
Alexis spent the next five months in the hospital undergoing intensive treatment. Due to the injury, she is permanently disabled and unable to use her hands.
Ms Flynn recalled, “It was an incredibly difficult time.” I lived with Alexis in the hospital for the entire five months and was constantly by her side to help her get through this situation. Not only did she break her neck, but she also suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury.
“Only 5 percent of people survive this and Alexis is one of the lucky ones.” She had decided on a military career, but her ultimate goal was to join the FBI. “Our lives changed completely after the accident because since then my focus has been on caring for her.”
Ms Flynn has written a book about her life and caring for Alexis called The Significance Of A Day. She estimates she has spent $300,000 (£242,000) on medical bills and is optimistic that advances in medical science will one day help her daughter walk again.
Ms Flynn first met Michael in person in Spain at the end of 2019 and knew immediately that he was the “love of my life”.
They married in Spain in April 2020 and wife Flynn and Alexis moved to the country to live with him later that year.
Struggling to get Alexis adequate help and with medical bills skyrocketing, they relocated to Kent, Mr Flynn’s home county, in September 2021. They have been living in an assisted living facility in Twydall, a suburb of Gillingham, for six months.
She said: “I was amazed at how kind, helpful and welcoming the people of Britain were and I will not let the actions of a single offender change that.”
“Britain is still a very decent, caring country – not like America, whose society is based on fear.” And the key to a bright future is the youth. In my experience, crime is an evolutionary process that needs to be challenged. “A 10-year-old might try to steal a bike today, but tomorrow he might be a 20-year-old robbing your house or stealing your car.”