WARREN, Ohio – Fireworks erupted at a school board meeting, over a school resource officer being removed for giving the principal a parking ticket.
Residents including police officers and other first responders packed the meeting, demanding more action be taken against her.
“The issuance of the parking citation itself does not impact her employment, and is not a factor in evaluating her overall job performance,” said school board president Regina Patterson, followed by shouting from the audience.
With plenty of police officers in attendance, tempers flared during the final minutes of a standing room only Warren City School board meeting Monday night.
“This principal is sending the wrong signal to our students,” said one Warren resident.
Most people were demanding an apology from and possible discipline for Carrie Boyer, the principal of Jefferson Pre-K through 8 School.
“He noticed Principal Boyer’s vehicle illegally parked in a handicapped space and issued a parking ticket,” said Mike Stabile, co-director of the Warren police union.
January 8, school resource officer Adam Chinchic issued Boyer a ticket for parking in a striped handicapped area. The officer says he had warned her twice before. Two school officials escorted the officer from the building; he was permanently removed from his post.
“The principal should be made to stand before the student body and apologize to them for what she did,” said a resident.
“He said, ‘Mom, the action is that…I can break the law by who I am, I have that right; I can do that because of who I am,” said parent Nikita Owens.
“There is nothing more to be said on that matter and we are moving forward,” said the board president.
School superintendent Steve Chiaro wrote a letter saying he regrets any ill feelings over the incident and says he removed the officer to prevent any adverse effect between the officer and the principal. Some call Chiaro’s letter halfhearted.
The superintendent had little to say to FOX 8 after the meeting.
REPORTER: “Is there anything that you would like to say in reaction to that?”
CHIARO: “No, I believe the board has spoken; the board has spoken.”
“For the officer to get removed and the principal allowed to remain sends a message that if you are in a position of power, you can do no wrong,” said Stabile.
Officer Chinchic has been placed on patrol duty, while another officer has been assigned to Jefferson School.
Although the school board considers the case closed, the head of the police union says they still want a public and more sincere apology from the principal and the superintendent.