Tucker parent charged after school incident

HAMBLETON – A Hambleton woman is free on a personal recognizance bond following an incident Thursday at Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle School.

Amanda Jo Cantrell, 34, of 52 Long St., was charged with battery on a school official. Magistrate Riley Barb set a $5,000 recognizance bond.

Parsons Police Chief Jonathan Jones said he was called to the school Thursday shortly after 1:30 p.m. to assist with an irate parent causing a problem. Jones’ press release states that after the complaint was investigated, charges were filed in Tucker County Magistrate Court.

The criminal complaint states that Cantrell went to the school and, when informed by the school principal, Tracy L. Chenoweth, that she was not permitted to enter the building, allegedly placed her hands on Chenoweth and shoved her backward into the doors of the building as she attempted to physically force her way into the building.

Dr. Eddie Campbell, superintendent of Tucker County schools, said the incident Thursday is not commonplace in the school district.

“This is a case of where an upset parent went overboard,” Campbell said. “We intend to pursue all avenues to assure this incident does not happen again.”