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Arlington parents upset over reported threat at school

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ARLINGTON, Mass (WHDH) - Parents in Arlington were upset about the way they said an elementary school notified them about a tense situation.

Robert Goodwin is no longer allowed at his son’s elementary school after he took out his gun license during an argument with the principal over a drawing his son made.

“I do not think flashing your FID card and saying you have access, if those are the facts, is appropriate to settle a dispute,” Sonya Coleman said.

Concerned parents met with officials at Stratton Elementary School Monday afternoon, saying they were angry they weren't told about the incident immediately.

School leaders met with parents Monday afternoon and said while they stand by barring Goodwin from school property after that incident they admit they did not notify parents in a timely fashion.

In a statement officials said they "...have ordered a thorough review and revamp of Arlington Public Schools incident notification procedures and protocols."

“This day and age you can’t mess around. I have four small children, I’m confused. Why isn’t there a lockdown put in place, they go through these drills, I assume they should have addressed the situation a little sooner. Parents weren’t notified until two days after incident happened,” Joe Kerble said.

Goodwin refused to talk on camera but in a statement he admitted he showed the principal his gun license but said the principal "lied that I threatened him and lied that I made reference to owning and having access to guns."

Police have not charged Goodwin with a crime, but did go to his home to confiscate his hunting rifle and suspend his gun license.

“There’s a lot of unknowns, a lot of overreaction. I have a feeling there’s a misunderstanding. I can’t believe the allegations the parent has put out are true because he’s a great principal,” Shaileen Pokress, a parent, said.

Parents said even after Monday’s meeting they were not satisfied and wanted another meeting about how the school can do a better job keeping them informed and keeping the children safe.
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