LATEST: Superintendent Offers Weak 'Apology' For Kicking Cop Out Of School

The apology offered by the school superintendent didn't seem to address the core issue.

By Christopher Berg and Sandy Malone

Warren, OH – After the police union demanded an apology for a school resource officer getting kicked off campus for writing a ticket to a school principal, the superintendent offered a weak apology.

The wording on the press release suggests that the police officer was in the wrong, and the Warren City Schools superintendent is only apologizing for handling it inappropriately.

“I would like to extend my sincere apology and regret to officer Adam Chinchic and his colleagues at the Warren Police Department for my decision to have him removed from Jefferson PK-8 School by district officials on Tuesday, January 8,” a press release from the superintendent said, according to FOX8.

“Through positive dialogue and conversations between both the patrolmen’s union last week and city officials today, I believe this situation could have been handled by utilizing a chain of command, which will be our process in addressing any and all concerns we may have moving forward,” the press release added.

By suggesting that the chain of command be utilized, the superintendent fails to address, and seems to contradict, that no action should have been taken against the officer for doing his job.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, after Warren Police School Resource Officer Adam Chinchic wrote a ticket to Jefferson PK-8 School Principal Carrie Boyer after he caught her illegally parked for the third time, according to the Tribune Chronicle.

Patrolman Stabile said Officer Chinchic warned Boyer back before the holiday break that she was illegally parking in an area specifically designated for loading handicapped people into their vehicles.

“It is my understanding that at the time, she told the officer she had been parking there for years and then moved her car,” he said.

An undated Google Maps photo of the school parking lot actually showed Boyer’s car parked in the striped, no-parking zone.

Many vans and other vehicles retrofitted for handicapped passengers have ramps that extend multiple feet out. Parking in the area designated for their loading and unloading could mean someone is unable to access or exit their vehicle parked in a designated handicap space.

After the initial warning, Officer Chinchic caught Boyer parking in the handicap zone again when she returned after the holiday break and he warned her again, the Tribune Chronicle reported.

When he found her parked there again on Jan. 8, the school resource officer issued the principal a ticket, Patrolman Stabile said.

Within 30 minutes of writing the ticket, two district employees approached Officer Chinchic and told him that Boyer had told them to escort the school resource officer from the school.

“He was taken to his office, allowed to collect his belongings and walked out of the building,” Patrolman Stabile told the Tribune Chronicle.

The police union took umbrage at the way the school resource officer was treated.

"The principal was warned several times," Warren Police Officer Michael Currington, a police union representative, told WJW. "Resource officer Adam Chinchic was ordered and escorted out of the building by the school's business manager and the head of security in the same fashion as a criminal."

Patrolman Stabile pointed out that the school resource officer could have given the principal a ticket back before the holidays when he first warned her, but he was being nice.

“Our officer did nothing wrong,” he said.

Warren City Law Director Greg Hicks confirmed that assertion to WJW.

"The officer asked her several times not to park there," Hicks said. "My understanding she was parked in the striped area next to the handicap spot, and that is not allowed. She was told several times.”

“If we allowed that, what would we be teaching our kids?" he asked.

Officer Currington said when Officer Chinchic was kicked off campus, he was more concerned about the students than himself.

"Our officer was upset because he had promised a second grader he would have lunch with her and he couldn't explain to her why he wouldn't be there," the union representative said. "He was more upset about the student."

Officer Chinchic was temporarily reassigned within his police department, and school resource officers from other campuses have been helping to cover Jefferson.

Comments (25)
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Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

That was NOT an apology. She was passing the buck. She had him removed. What type of "dialogue" did she expect? Chain of Command? She's the superintendent, the officer's department and union backed him. Even Google Maps caught her vehicle in the space! She needs to be relieved from her position of being in charge of educating children!

fuzzy-ma
fuzzy-ma

Is the school board in agreement with the superintend's supposed apology? Do they believe that is right for a school employee to repeatedly violate the law? What kind of example do they want the students in the school to have from it's leaders and other employees?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

So.........rules apply to everyone else but the super? What a tremendous example for the kids at the school. No wonder kids are so screwed up and feel entitled - Teachers should lead by example like parents should. Big fail on this one, go stand in the corner super !!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The Principal needs to go -and right now. She is abusing her role and power of her position just by repeatedly parking there ...and even after given multiple warnings not to do so .......but she then adds to her abuse of power by trying to remove the SRO from the school grounds so she can continue her parking abuse without being further harassed. She is a disgrace and young kids are observing ...as they always do. This could have been solved easily by a board approving a reserved parking spot for the principal....but she decides to take the decision into her own hands "because she feels she deserves it". "Absolute power corrupts ...absolutely" was the saying. See if can identify someone in your own life who abuses their role if they have one (or more) of the following: A high level position title.....are very wealthy....and /or ......are well known in the media. Those with one or more will always find a way to justify to themselves to be above the law.

Oregngntlman
Oregngntlman

Next time after two warnings, just have the vehicle towed and impounded or just parked in a legal space. Semper Fi 1966 to eternity

Jones24
Jones24

I suggest we all write her letters and send them to the school. The officer was correct in his actions and she is supposed to lead by example.

RPG156
RPG156

SROs have always tried to serve two masters. This is why the contract between the PD and ISD is so important. While it can't address everything, the SRO is ultimately a police officer first and a lot of school administrators don't want them. They often have a loosely antagonistic relationship. Simply, all the prinicipal had to do to address this is assign herself a dedicated parking space if it was that much of a problem for her to find one. The problem between them was likely larger and older than parking in a handicapped place. The "escorting" off campus was a power play. The next SRO that has to work with her needs a solid contract to back him/her.

LEO0301
LEO0301

She is a piss poor example of a leader. What she's telling everyone is that the laws don't apply to her, kind of like Hillary Clinton.

IamFubar
IamFubar

She would have gotten a face-to-face visit before I left had that been me.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

He should have carried her to jail and made her post s bond on the offense. What kind of leader is she parking in an area that designated for kids she is suppose to be in charge of. Another example of someone that thinks they are entitled and can do anything they want. I don’t know how it is there but around here the officer is in charge in any type of criminal offense.

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

The scary thing is this is typical behavior of those in charge of molding our kids.

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

she must believe she's privileged - guess what she's NOT.

61mouse
61mouse

They sent the officer to the principals office

Stanracer
Stanracer

Way too much entitlement.

Jeffreyp
Jeffreyp

Two questions: Why did the SRO leave based on "employees from the school" telling him to? I wouldn't have. He does not report to them, he reports to his boss(es) and his Chief.

Second, why is any officer from this agency helping out at the school? Clearly the principal wants no SRO, and is not willing to comply with the law, even after being given multiple warnings.

Ok, a third, why is she still a principal?

365
365

"I believe this situation could have been handled by utilizing a chain of command." Let's see, the principle used her chain of command and whined to her boss, and the result was the officer being escorted of the school grounds. That mean the POS superintendent wanted the officer to use his chain of command instead of doing his job and writing a ticket to someone who deserved it. "Hold on Mr. Badguy, I gotta call my Sgt. and get permission to ..."

Or, the POS superintendent wanted the officer to use the school's chain of command to deal with the POS principal, instead of doing his job. "Hold on Mr. Badguy, I gotta call my teacher and get permission to..."

It is time for the people to let the politicians and administrators know that our police officers are not their personal attendants.

UhO5O
UhO5O

It's the same principal as being assigned to radar detail in a school zone. The Commander receive complaints about to the effect someone is going to get killed if someone doesn't stop the speeders. Being the great Commander that he is he sends 1-2 traffic or radar equiped units to the rescue in the school zone to apprehend these horrible criminals. The assigned units stop a few cars write a few tickets. The assigned officers are totally astonished because all of the people they stopped and issued tickets to are employees of the school. None of the offenders frlt deserving of a ticket as their purpose for asking for radar units was to slow the other people down. They beg and bribe for a simple warning. The Officers are not accommodating. So the school administrator calls the Commander asking for the tickets to be dropped. Because, as I said, the Commander is great her denies her request...she becomes somewhat belligerent and tells him she believes the speeding situation has been resolved and the radar cars are no longer needed. Very true story that happens repeatedly every day somewhere in a school zone. Just another way they think they are above the law.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

If the Police Chief had any balls, he would not have replaced the "fired" SRO ... and pulled every one of his officers from the other schools until the scats came begging on their hands & knees for help.

JSutter
JSutter

Handle this as s major PR event AGAINST the school district administrators who obviously believe they are entitled to disrespect handicap people....

That is the wheelchair aisle! It is for wheelchairs to get in and out of the car.

Think about how motorized wheelchairs get in and out of cars - they use a special elevator lift and have to have that space the principal refuses to stop parking in.

The principal could have posted a regular parking space for her use only. But she believes herself privileged against old ladies in wheelchairs.

And the district superintendent supports her.

We see way too much of this attitude of “I’m better than you” embedded in the educational culture.

Shame on them!

THANK YOU to the SRO for standing up for all of us “less worthy” members of the community!

Go to the school board meetings and politely tell them, during the mandatory public speaking portion of the public meeting, that you disagree with and disapprove of this entitlement attitude that discriminated against disabled people and sets a BAD example for the kids.

Hold the district accountable, although this fight will continue...

Woobie46
Woobie46

A wonderful educator who ignored two warnings and then threw a tantrum when she finally got cited. WHY IS THIS ABUSIVE WOMAN STILL EMPLOYED? This is one of those times when the parents should have come with their pitch forks and thrown her DOWN

Woobie46
Woobie46

I'm gonna do that very thing...I hope others will as well!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Just another self-indulgent person who believes she is somewhat above the rules of common people, and who throws a fit when she is proven otherwise. The world is all about her and her wants and needs to hell with anyone who is handicapped. To bad her car was not "booted," or towed.

mrd183
mrd183

the p/o's should make every school a special attention check and ticket any car parked illegally.