NORDONIA HILLS, OH (WOIO) - In light of Friday's nearly five hour standoff parents in the area are understandably appalled and alarmed that a leader in their community could be involved in something like this.
Parents in the Nordonia Hills School District are disappointed and sickened to hear agents from Internet Crimes Against Children division, served a search warrant at the home of their school board president, Steve Bittel.
"That doesn't sit very well with me, initially sends goose bumps all over my body, makes me a little queasy. My oldest is going into kindergarten, just at the beginning stages of trying to trust the school system and so to me, it's frightening," says one parent.
Equally shocking to them, that Bittel barricaded himself in his Ballantrae Drive home with a loaded gun.
Another parent shared their concern, "It's really frightening. As a parent with kids in schools you try to do everything to keep your kids safe and do everything you can and trust the members of the school district to do that same."
According to Sagamore Hills Police, schools nearby were put on a modified lockdown, as a precaution.
In a statement, the district said: In no way has this situation had an impact on our children. They are and have always been safe and not at risk.
"I pray that he didn't do anything that's alleged," says a Bay Village parent hoping for mild outcome.
"That would just be a bad mark, I think that would be a blemish that the school doesn't deserve."
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