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Warren school resource officer escorted out after writing principal a ticket

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WARREN, Ohio -

According to Michael Currington, a representative for the city of Warren's police union, Google Earth shows clearly the reason for what started with a warning and ended with controversy.

"The resource officer had given a number of verbal warnings over a period of time to the principal of the facility to not park in a handicap designated area," said city law director Greg Hicks.

But Hicks says the principal at Jefferson Elementary defied officer Adam Chinchic's warning, and on Tuesday, parked there again.

When Chinchic issued her a ticket, she contacted school administration officials, who had security escort Chinchic from the premises.

Currington says that Google Earth image shows the principal's car parked between two handicapped spaces; an area for elevators on handicap-accessible vehicles.

Ohio Revised Code indicates that hatched area is still off limits for parking.

Currington says the principal believed she was in the right, but many officials including Hicks disagree.

"If the principal thinks she can park wherever she wishes, what signal does that give to the kids? Whenever you reach a certain status in life, you don't have to follow the rules anymore," Currington said.

"Some miscommunication occurred," said Warren safety-service director Enzo Cantalamessa said the city is in negotiations for a new agreement with the district for SROs, but believes the good working relationship between the city and the school district will continue.

"This matter in particular will be addressed once we meet to discuss the new agreement," he said.

Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro issued a statement on the situation this evening  saying in part, "It is our belief that an individual event or series of events should never impede what we have accomplished or affect the positive rapport and interactions our students and staff experience with our officers each day."

As for officer Chinchic, he's still on road patrol duty for Warren PD.

No word on when we might know whether he'll be back at Jefferson or reassigned to another school.

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