Oroville parents demand answers from Ophir Elementary School

Parents in the Oroville area are just finding out about a domestic violence case that has spilled over into a school.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 10:16 PM

Oroville, Calif. -- Parents in the Oroville area are just finding out about a domestic violence case that has spilled over into Ophir Elementary School. 

The alleged victim is a teacher at the elementary school.

Parents found out because the incident sparked a "soft lockdown," but students' parents didn't find out about it until recently. Now the parents are demanding answers.

The "soft lockdown" lasted for two days last month.

Principal Teresa Lightle said using a soft lockdown was a bad term. Instead, the term "lock out" should have been used.

A "lock out" is when the doors are locked and school carries on as usual. The staff continues to remain aware of their surroundings.

The principal said the Ophir teacher filed complaints against her husband, a substitute teacher at the same school.

An incident never occurred at the school during the "soft lockdown," but parents were still upset they weren't notified right away.

"In retrospect I probably should have sent out an email that we were going into a lockdown so we could side on safety," said Lightle.

"My problem is parents were never notified and our children could have been put in harms way," said Bobby O'Reiley, a parent.

The husband allegedly made threats against the teacher.

Once the complaint was filed, the principal said the husband was fired and the teacher went on personal leave.

Ophir Elementary worked closely with the DA's Office to make sure the teacher felt supported.

As a result, the school is changing its policies moving forward.

The school's automated messaging system will be used to notify parents more readily when an incident happens.

Meantime, the husband is charged with domestic violence and making threats. He is in the Butte County Jail.

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