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Father Who Threatened Suit Over Disciplinary School Haircut Arrested

February 17, 1989

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) _ News reports about a man who threatened to sue a teacher for cutting his son’s hair got the attention of police who arrested him for failing to complete a court sentence on an unrelated matter.

Jack Kotnik, 34, of Elyria, was arrested Wednesday on a bench warrant issued by Municipal Court Judge John Howard in January 1988 for allegedly failing to attend classes as part of a drunken driving sentence.

The arrest came after news reports about Kotnik’s 7-year-old son and a first-grade classmate who had their ″tails″ - a long lock of hair hanging from the nape of the neck - cut last week by their teacher, Katherine Abba.

The teacher has been suspended pending an investigation.

Meanwhile, Sharon Kimble, the mother of the other boy whose hair was cut, said Thursday that she and her husband had decided to press assault charges against the teacher, claiming the youngster was bruised while being held down to have his hair cut.

Ms. Abba initially that she had cut the students’ hair as a disciplinary measure but later declined comment on the matter. Calls to her home Thursday went unanswered.

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