Parents Arrested and Tasted During Arizona School Lockdown


El Mirage police said three parents were arrested after clashes broke out outside a closed Arizona elementary school on Friday after reports of someone with a gun were arrested. Tasted.

Thompson Ranch Elementary School was shut down around 10:30 a.m. after reports of a suspected gunman fleeing after trying to open a locked door, El Mirage Police Lt. Jimmy Chavez said. rice field.

The person was later taken into custody and being evaluated by mental health professionals, police in El Mirage, a city northwest of Phoenix, said in a subsequent statement.The statement did not say whether a gun was found. Hmm.

Police said criminal charges were pending against the unidentified men, but did not disclose what they were.

The security scare at El Mirage came just over two months after the shootings, Failed police response Nineteen children and two teachers died at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

People are walking outside Thompson Ranch Elementary School while the school is on lockdown after there have been reports of suspicious individuals inside the school.  (KPNX)

People are walking outside Thompson Ranch Elementary School while the school is on lockdown after there have been reports of suspicious individuals inside the school. (KPNX)

Three parents were arrested outside a school in Arizona on Friday, Chavez said.

“As a parent, I understand that philosophy, but there were procedures that law enforcement and schools followed,” Chavez told reporters at the scene.

One of those arrested, whom he called a “main agitator”, was armed and his pistol fell to the ground during the arrest, Mr Chavez said.

Two other men and a woman were tasted and arrested after coming to his aid, he said.

“They were trying to physically enter the campus and had a physical altercation with our police officers,” Chavez said. did.”

Chavez said police were called to the elementary school after school officials reported that a person believed to be carrying a handgun tried to enter an outside building, but the door was locked and the man was chased away by staff. gathered.

Some information is contradictory, Chavez said. At one point, while police were clearing a hallway, he said students and staff were being moved out of the area after finding what they called suspicious packages. rendered,” but did not specify what the item was.

Chavez said it’s illegal to bring firearms onto school grounds. The gun-carrying parent is facing charges related to its violation and disorderly conduct, he said, although the charges against his two other parents are not clear. Their names have not been released.

One of the two parents who were tasted was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

In a news release, the Dysart Unified School District reminded parents that no one is allowed on campus during the lockdown.

“This is done in partnership with law enforcement so that we can wipe out every part of the campus to ensure the safety of all students and staff. is a felony,” the district said. Phoenix NBC Affiliate KPNX.

El Mirage is a city of about 35,800 people about 15 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. According to the website, Thompson Elementary is her kindergarten through eighth grade school with more than 600 students.

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