Clearfield Principal Arrested For Alleged Domestic Abuse, Death Threat

Donald Beatty. Photo Courtesy: Davis County Sheriff

WEST POINT, Utah, May 30, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A Davis School District principal ─ who once helped run an anti-bullying program in the district ─ was arrested Friday night on charges of domestic violence against his wife at their West Point home, and for threatening to kill the family’s son.

Donald Heywood Beatty, 53, principal of Antelope Elementary, in Clearfield, is now on administrative leave after the incident, according to a message on district spokesman Chris Williams’ phone.

According to a probable cause statement from Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Beatty was having a conversation with his wife when she tried to leave.

Beatty told officers he “closed the door and would not let her leave,” according to the statement. She tried to use her cell phone to call the son for help, but Beatty pushed her to the ground and held her down in an attempt to keep her from completing the call, the report said.

Beatty also said he would kill the son if he arrived, the statement said.

Police said Beatty admitted he had pushed his wife down, tried to prevent her from making the call, and threatened to kill his son, according to the report.

Beatty was booked into the Davis County Jail, and is expected to face class B misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, unlawful detention, interruption of a communication device, and threats of violence.

He has since been released on bail, according to the Davis County Sheriff’s office.

Beatty was involved in an anti-bullying program in the district in 2012.


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