Damascus locked down during visit of angry parent

DAMASCUS- West Branch’s Damascus Elementary was put on lockdown Thursday morning after an angry parent was denied entry into the building.

Goshen police and Mahoning County sheriff’s deputies responded to the school at 11 a.m. where an irate parent wanted to speak with Principal Matthew Bowen regarding an issue with the school.

The parent reportedly became “very upset” when told Bowen, who is attending a state conference, was not available, according to Superintendent Dr. Scott Weingart.

The parent never entered the building and no students observed the incident, Goshen Cpl. Craig Crider said. He said there were no threats made and the students were not in any danger.

Weingart said he responded to the incident with administrator Matt Manley and spoke with the parent with the officers. Once the parent calmed down and left, the building was taken off lockdown, he said. Parents were alerted of the situation.

“The secretary followed procedure and did not let (the parent) in,” Weingart said. “This is a good example of why we have the lockdown.”

Crider said that no charges have been filed against the parent.