Details about the roles of Primary School Principal Rick Cohen and guidance counselor Karl Parker in subduing a man as he stabbed his former girlfriend at the school entrance Wednesday morning emerged a day after Superintendent Laura Morana told reporters that no faculty or staff members at the school were “involved in” the incident.
The school also sent students home that afternoon with a letter informing parents that the incident “did not affect any of our faculty/staff or students.”
Both statements were made after Morana spoke to Cohen about his actions and those of guidance counselor Karl Parker in subduing the assailant, Morana told redbankgreen last night.
She defended the statements as accurate and not misleading, and added that “at no point were [Cohen and Parker] in any danger.
“They wanted to help and take some action, but no, they were not in any danger, not at all,” she said. “No one was in danger of any kind at all no, no.
“Mr. Parker and Mr. Cohen clearly felt that this was the most appropriate action that they needed to take at that moment until the police officers arrived, and that happened very quickly, from what I understand.”
“They themselves did not view themselves to be in any danger at all,” Morana said.