Ki-Be High student's restraining order against principal extended

BENTON CITY -- A Kiona-Benton City High School student's temporary restraining order against the school's principal has been extended through June.

An agreement was reached Tuesday to continue the court order keeping Principal Wayne Barrett from contacting senior Roel Corral, Corral's attorney Christy McKennon told the Herald.

They reached the agreement before a scheduled hearing in Benton County District Court.

Barrett allegedly threatened to use a pocketknife to remove Corral's rosary beads at the school. Rosaries aren't allowed at Ki-Be High School because they are associated with gangs.

"Neither I nor my client believe there was anything to the allegations, but to calm things down we agreed to this order," said Scott Johnson, Barrett's attorney.

The initial restraining order required Barrett to keep at least 100 feet away from the student, but was modified to 25 feet. Now there is no set distance, but Barrett cannot have direct communication or contact with Corral, McKennon said.

"The family feels it is a good resolution," McKennon said, noting that lifting the distance rule allows Barrett to have the freedom he needs to do his job as school principal.

Ki-Be District Superintendent Rom Castilleja told the Herald when the 100-foot order was imposed that it would have been impossible for Barrett to do his job with that restriction.

There was no decision Wednesday from the Benton County Prosecutor's Office about whether Barrett will be charged with a crime in connection with the incident.

"We do have a referral and it's an ongoing investigation. There is no decision yet," said Deputy Prosecutor Amy Harris.