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No charges for dad in Boston-area school dispute

June 20, 2014

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A court has decided not to charge a Boston-area father who allegedly showed his firearms permit during an argument with his child’s elementary school principal.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said his department will respect the decision Friday by a clerk-magistrate in Cambridge District Court hearing. Police had sought a misdemeanor verbal threat charge against 40-year-old Robert Goodwin.

Goodwin said it was all a misunderstanding. He said he didn’t threaten Stratton Elementary School Principal Michael Hanna’s life during the June 4 incident.

Police said Hanna reported that Goodwin flashed his gun permit in an argument over his child’s drawing and said he had access to firearms at home. Police confiscated Goodwin’s gun and suspended his license.

Some parents later complained they weren’t told about the incident in a timely way.

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