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Davis School District principal accused of domestic violence, making death threat

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Posted at 12:59 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 17:18:30-04

WEST POINT, Utah — A Davis School District principal was arrested Friday night after he was accused of domestic violence and threatening to kill another person.

According to a probable cause statement from Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Heywood Beatty, 53, was having a conversation with a woman when she tried to leave the room.

Beatty told police he “closed the door and would not let her leave,” the statement said.

The woman told officers that Beatty prevented her from using her cellphone to call for help, then pushed her to the ground and straddled her to stop her attempt to complete the call.

The woman was able to get away from Beatty and call someone for help, the statement said.

Police said Beatty admitted to pushing the woman to the ground, trying to keep her from calling for help and telling her he would kill the person she called if he arrived.

Beatty faces Class B misdemeanor charges of DV Assault, Unlawful Detention, Threats of Violence and Interruption of a Communications Device.

Beatty is listed as the principal on the website for Antelope Elementary School in Clearfield. According to The Davis Clipper, Beatty helped launch a successful anti-bullying program at several schools within Davis School District in 2012.