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LORDSTOWN, Ohio - A letter from the Lordstown School superintendent both reprimands and commends elementary school principal Laura Parise.

Some concerned parents showed up at Wednesday night's school board meeting after learning of allegations that Parise threw a pair of scissors in anger while students were eating in the cafeteria.

Parents were unhappy when the school board went behind closed doors without allowing them to ask questions.

Responding to a public records request from 21 News, Superintendent Bill Pfahler has released ten pages of documents concerning the event, including a letter of reprimand that criticized the principal's behavior, cautioning Parise that displays of temper could be misconstrued and subjects her leadership to question.

According to the letter, Parise says the scissors incident happened as sixth grade students were smashing and playing with food and milk containers, and ignored the principal's warnings to behave.

However, the letter also commended Parise for being candid and forthright in describing the incident.

Parise admits that the students were misbehaving, but claims that the safety scissors caught her thumb and she had no intention of throwing them.

Superintendent Pfahler also wrote in his letter:

"While no one was injured nor was anyone threatened with injury, I accompanied you to the classrooms as you apologized to the students the following day (Wednesday, October 30). I applaud you for accepting responsibility for your actions, being accountable and learning from your mistake."

The letter says that further incidents will be documented and may result in disciplinary action.

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