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The father of an student at Stratton Elementary School in Arlington has been ordered to stay away from the campus for the rest of the year, after officials say he threatened the principal by showing his gun license.

“He apparently had no recourse other than to say I threatened his life, which i did not, said Robert Goodwin. He says the principal was upset about some drawings his son made, claiming one looked like a male’s private body parts. Goodwin says the picture was meant to be a ping pong gun shown in the movie “Despicable Me”.

Goodwin says when Principal Michael Hanna threatened to put the student in detention if he didn’t go to a psychotherapist, he took out his license to carry a firearm.

“I compared my license to carry a firearms with the picture that my son drew claiming these are two different things,” said Goodwin.

In a letter sent to parents, the Arlington Superintendent of Schools wrote, “This argument certainly went above and beyond the scope of a normal disagreement, and therefore the policies and procedures that Arlington Public Schools have in place were immediately activated to make sure that students, faculty, and staff remained safe.”

Do you think the school responded appropriately, or did it overreact? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.

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