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LORDSTOWN, Ohio - Lordstown's Board of Education, with Superintendent Bill Pfahler present, immediately went into executive session at the start of Wednesday night's special meeting.

Dozens of parents were upset that they didn't have a chance to voice their concerns about last week's incident in the elementary school cafeteria when Principal Laura Parise allegedly threw a pair of scissors while 4th, 5th and 6th graders were eating lunch.

Jaclynn Herlinger said her daughter was nearly hit.

"My daughter was too afraid to even tell me what happened to her at school. I didn't even know what happened to her that she was almost the one who got hit in the head with the scissors until that night when another parent called and told me what had happened."

Parents say their kids told them Parise threw the scissors to get their attention.

However, in a letter sent home, the principal tells her side of the story, that she had been using the scissors to open students lunches and went to toss the scissors on the table, when they caught on her finger and flipped up in the air.

Many parents believe the principal should be disciplined just as a student would for carelessly handling scissors.

However, others believe the board should be allowed to make its decision without comments from the public.

The board returned from executive session after over an hour, minus the superintendent and without taking any action on the matter.

It adjourned with saying parents could speak with board members after the meeting.

Board President Mark McGrail said, "I know that may not necessarily satisfy all the needs and concerns of people, but the board members are willing to stay here."

Parents were told they could file a public records request to find out how the board handled the matter with the principal.

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