Judge dismisses PFA on Linton Middle School principal

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 5:13 p.m.

An Allegheny County judge dismissed a temporary protection from abuse order against a Penn Hills School District principal, county court officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Linton Middle School Principal Davaun Barnett was placed on leave last week from the Penn Hills School District after Barnett's wife filed a request for a protection from abuse order against him. Barnett's wife, Lisa, a law professor at Duquesne University, filed for the order May 7 with the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court's Family Division.

Barnett's attorney, Francis Wymard of the Pittsburgh firm Burns White, sent a letter to the district on May 16 stating that the PFA had been dismissed.

“Mr. Barnett continues to strictly deny all allegations contained within the petition,” Wymard wrote in the May 16 letter.

No charges have been filed against Barnett, 41, according to county court records, and court officials said their involvement in the matter is over. Barnett on Tuesday provided a copy of the letter that his attorney forwarded to the school district; he did not comment further.

Lisa Barnett's petition also alleges that Barnett came to his wife's Duquesne University law class and had to be escorted from the building by campus police. The university's public affairs office last week confirmed that Barnett is barred from the Downtown campus.

Barnett has “taken a leave of absence for the remainder of the school year,” according to a May 14 letter sent to Linton parents. Penn Hills School District spokeswoman Teresita Kolenchak said the district is not commenting on the situation.

Barnett has served as principal at Linton Middle School since 2011.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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