ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) – A man is facing charges for reportedly bypassing security at an elementary school, assaulting students and threatening to come back with a gun.
According to the criminal complaint, the incident took place at the Aliquippa Elementary School around 9 a.m. on Thursday.
George Powell, 32, entered the school and forced his way through security. He later told police he was at the school because he was afraid his daughter was going to be attacked by a classmate.
Once inside, he allegedly shoved several students while running down the hallway. Powell entered a classroom and yelled, “Who wants to fight my daughter?”
Several students hurried out of the classroom and Powell allegedly shoved one of them into a locker.
“My daughter was thrown, and she slid on the floor into the bathroom, and her head almost hit the sink,” said parent Delsha Flannigan.
Two students told police they heard Powell say he was going to return to the school with a gun.
Some parents were angry because they were not notified.
“I’m not the only parent, there were several other parents who are really upset about the situation because we were never informed,” said Gerald Black
The school has issued the following statement about the incident:
“The Aliquippa School District’s first priority is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all its students. On Thursday, February 9, 2017, there was an unruly parent who violated the school district’s security policy. The Aliquippa Police Department was notified and addressed the situation. Security procedures are being reviewed by administration and district security so an incident like this does not occur again.”
Powell was arrested and is facing a list of charges including, trespassing, harassment and simple assault. He is being held in the Beaver County Jail on $40,000 bond.
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