Thursday morning was one many parents and students at a Houston, Texas elementary school will never forget. An irate mother pulled a gun on another mother and threatened her with it, with both their kids in the car.
It all happened in the elementary school’s drop-off line. As the two mothers were dropping their kids off at Deer Park Elementary School, they began arguing, reports KTRK, Houston’s ABC affiliate.
The incident was witnessed by several parents and some students. Witnesses say it appears to have started after one of the mothers criticized the other for the way she was driving within the school zone. Both of the mother’s kids were still in the car when the gun threat took place.
A veritable parent on the street in Deer Park interviewed by KTRK suggested that it’s unwise to “mouth off” to people when you become angry in the current social climate.
“You know, if you’re gonna go up to somebody and mouth off, I mean, you don’t know what people might have in their car,” the parent opined. “And, with the, you know, concealed-carry licenses and all that stuff nowadays, you don’t know. So, don’t go mouth off to somebody unless you’re ready to see what they’re gonna do.”
The mom with the gun did not fire it.
No one was injured in the incident.
Both parents involved in the fracas remain unidentified.
Later on Thursday, Deer Park Elementary principal Lisa McLaughlin sent a letter informing parents of the incident.
“I’m writing to inform you of an incident involving two parents that took place in the drop-off lane at Deer Park Elementary this morning,” McLaughlin wrote. “As students were being dropped off before school this morning, the two parents were involved in a disagreement. The confrontation escalated, ending with one parent pointing a firearm at the other. Other parents witnessed the disagreement, and the police were contacted and quickly arrived on the scene.”
“At one time or another, we’ve all experienced frustration while driving. But, as our students know all too well, it’s never a good idea to react when emotions are high,” the principal also sagaciously counseled. “My hope is that we can all look at what happened this morning and reconsider how we deal with disagreements and anger in our lives.”
Police did not file any charges over the incident, according to the Houston Chronicle.
It’s not clear if either or both of the moms involved in the incident reappeared to drop off their kids at Deer Park Elementary on Friday morning.