The Associated Press

Dad Loses Gun After Argument With School Principal

ARLINGTON, Mass. — The superintendent of Arlington schools is apologizing for a lack of communication after officials confiscated a gun from the father of an elementary school student following an argument with a principal.

The Boston Herald reports that Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said in a message to parents, students and faculty that communication to the community could have been better.

Police confiscated the gun of Robert Goodwin Jr., suspended his gun license and ordered him Friday to stay away from the Stratton Elementary School. Police say principal Michael Hanna reported that Goodwin flashed his gun permit in an argument over his child’s drawing and said he had access to firearms at home.

Goodwin says he did not threaten Hanna’s life in any way.

Police say Goodwin has not been charged, though an investigation continues.

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  • Lawrence

    Such misreporting. He did not “flash” his gun permit. This word makes it seem threatening. The whole article makes it appear like a dangerous, threatening situation, not the argument it really was, about not wanting to drug his kid. As a matter of fact Kathleen Bodie stated there was no threat at any time. As a matter of fact, the only threat came from the principal who threatened the father if he did not put his kids on dangerous, mind-altering drugs.

    According to someone that was at the scene, the principal who perceived the child’s doodling to be penises, calls him a deviant and orders the kid on medication to which the father rightfully refused. If anyone was a deviant, it surely is not the kid or his father.

    The following is a telling from someone that was there:
    A few weeks ago, Hanna approved a showing of the popular movie “Despicable Me” at Stratton for a whole-family event. On Wednesday, June 4, Mr. Goodwin went to Stratton to pick up his son after dismissal and was playing basketball with his sons and other students when Hanna approached Mr. Goodwin on the basketball court. He gave Mr. Goodwin a sketch his son had drawn in class of a scene from “Despicable Me,” depicting the minions firing ping-pong balls from a gun at each other. Hanna insisted, verbally and off the record, that Mr. Goodwin’s son was drawing penises. He then told Mr. Goodwin that his son was a sexual deviant and threatened Mr. Goodwin, stating that if he did not have his son medicated over the summer, his son would be subject to even harsher disciplinary action in the next school year, retaliatory action in clear violation of federal law. Hanna then abruptly left, and Mr. Goodwin, understandably angry, went to Hanna’s office to confront him there, touching off the “argument” mentioned in the article. Mr. Goodwin explained to Hanna that his son had drawn a sketch from the movie, not a ***, to which Hanna responded that both are the same and that both are dangerous. Mr. Goodwin then showed Hanna his gun license and said that he could tell the difference between a gun and a ***, because he legally owns a gun, which he did not have with him.

    The real reporting is here: http://arlington.wickedlocal.com/article/20140606/NEWS/140607200/?Start=1

  • Faulkner Vonnegut

    Part 1: Stratton Elementary has been home to Principal Hanna
    for the past two years, after Hanna was summarily ousted from Marblehead
    and passed over at Balmer because of his obsession with student
    behavior over academic performance. If that sounds like a
    mischaracterization, then please see the Wicked Local article that
    comment restrictions won’t let me link, where Hanna was clearly let go
    because he refused to conform to newer, more rigorous academic
    standards, and also see another article that comment restrictions won’t
    let me link, a transcript of the Balmer principal interview, where in
    Hanna’s own words, he is willing to toss an entire six weeks of
    academics in favor of ensuring a system of robotic student behavioral
    compliance. Mr. Goodwin’s son is no different from any other
    fourth-grade boy. He loves his little brother, Minecraft, and his
    friends. However, this school year, Hanna has systematically singled out
    boys at Stratton and urged their parents to have the boys medicated to
    ensure docile compliance in school. Mr. Goodwin has steadfastly refused
    to subject his son to addictive, brain-altering medication and has
    instead on numerous occasions asked his son’s teacher and principal to
    focus on developing more challenging curriculum for the classroom. To be
    continued…

    • Lawrence

      I just posted the link, to the above, because Mr. Goodwin, a local hero who stood up to a devious system of drugging children needlessly is having his character destroyed by innuendo and no one seems to be reporting the story accurately.

      • B. R. Fly

        Gun. Nut.

        • fun bobby

          that’s what you would like to think right? then you can write him off as someone whose child should not matter right?

  • Faulkner Vonnegut

    Part 2: A few weeks ago, Hanna approved a showing of the popular movie
    “Despicable Me” at Stratton for a whole-family event. On Wednesday, June
    4, Mr. Goodwin went to Stratton to pick up his son after dismissal and
    was playing basketball with his sons and other students when Hanna
    approached Mr. Goodwin on the basketball court. Hanna gave Mr. Goodwin a sketch his son had drawn in class of a scene
    from “Despicable Me,” the film the school had just shown to families.

  • Faulkner Vonnegut

    Part 3: The scene involves the minions and ping-pong b@lls. Hanna told Mr.
    Goodwin, in front of everyone on the court, that Mr. Goodwin’s son had
    drawn a sketch of male organs, that his son needed to see a
    psychotherapist, and that his son would be subject to harsher
    disciplinary action next year if he did not get medicated. Hanna’s actions on the court alone violated federal student privacy
    laws, federal laws governing retaliatory action in schools, and laws
    concerning the practice of medicine by those not authorized to do so.
    Hanna
    abruptly left the court and returned to his office. Mr. Goodwin went to
    Hanna’s office and explained that his son had drawn a
    scene from the school-approved movie involving a ping-pong gun, not
    male organs. Mr. Goodwin then took out his gun license and told Hanna
    that he has a license to carry guns, which he certainly did not have
    with him, and that he could tell the difference between guns and male
    organs. Mr. Goodwin did not say “he had access to firearms at home,” as the article claims. Hanna told Mr. Goodwin that both guns and male organs were dangerous.

    • Lawrence

      Thank you for setting the record straight, and not allowing the corrupt system to distort the truth. Your valuable input reveals and exposes the abuse of power that school systems use when it wants to protect a principal who allegedly pushes drugs like its candy on innocent kids.

      I will talk about this on my show, Whole Health on CCTV live today at 5pm… and you’re welcome to be a guest! Cambridge.

    • fun bobby

      no wonder they always inspect mine so carefully at the airport

  • Faulkner Vonnegut

    Part 4: Mr. Goodwin explicitly told Hanna that he would not medicate his son and
    that he did not want the issue brought up again but that he did want
    Hanna’s illegal medical recommendations submitted in writing for
    documentation purposes. Then, Mr. Goodwin left, and instead of providing
    written documentation of his illegal actions, Hanna had the police
    confront Mr. Goodwin the next day (Thursday, June 5) with a no-trespass
    order barring Mr. Goodwin from school property, insisting that he had
    felt threatened despite the fact that he had instigated the argument by
    telling a parent, in full view of all of the students, that his child is
    a pervert. The police also informed Mr. Goodwin that he was to transfer
    his son to another public school next year. Mr. Goodwin agreed and was
    reassured that the issue was settled. On Friday, June 6, however, police
    showed up at Mr. Goodwin’s residence to confiscate his gun license and
    the rifle he legally owned. Mr. Goodwin then went to Stratton to
    withdraw his son and called to have his son brought to him, per the
    no-trespass order. Hanna took the phone and told Mr. Goodwin that he,
    Hanna, would try to legally bar his son from leaving, which he was
    unable to do. Who is the real perpetrator here? Why is there no
    investigation of a principal who lacks any medical accreditation and who
    is bent on vengefully forcing parents to medically lobotomize their
    children? Why is the headline not about a concerned father trying to
    protect his son from a wolf-in-pleated-khakis determined to see genital
    imagery in children’s doodlings? Why is the article focused on a man who
    broke no laws but not the educator who has definitively violated
    federal law and infringed upon children’s civil rights?

    • fun bobby

      because we live in MA and they are trying desperately to come up with some justification for making FID “may issue” again despite the fact it is immoral unconstitutional and racist.

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