NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman has been charged after she reportedly carried a gun onto school property.
Metro police say 38-year-old Barquita Williams was arrested Thursday afternoon for carrying a handgun on school grounds at East Nashville Magnet School, located in the 100 block of Gallatin Avenue.
Two girls who are students at the school had argued earlier in the day got into a physical fight at dismissal after seeing each other in a stairwell. Other students also participated in the fight, according to police.
Parents who were outside picking up their children heard about the fight and went inside the school, including Williams.
Prior to going inside, MNPD Lieutenant Jason Picanzo tells News 2 Williams asked her child to grab a gun from her car.
“That child proceeds to get the firearm and brings it to the mother, and at that point patrol officers were called to assist the Student Resource Officers,” Lt. Picanzo said.
After officers broke up the fight, several parents told responding officers that Williams had a gun. Williams denied having a gun but let officers search her.
A School Resource Officer found her with a loaded nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun.
MNPS gave News 2 this Statement Friday:
There was an incident that occurred after school yesterday at East Nashville Magnet High involving students, in which parents got involved. A gun was identified and confiscated from one of the parents. The parent was detained by law enforcement. East High school is committed to the safety and education of all their students. This was a violation of law, and criminal charges will be brought against the parent, and the other parents involved will be banned from the campus. The students involved will be subject to school board policy and disciplinary actions. MNPS Security will be working with the principal to do a security assessment to determine if any changes to procedures need to be made to prevent future incidents like this from happening again.MNPS Spokesman Sean Braisted
“When the children are seeing adults act like we saw yesterday at East High School, how can we put the blame on students for what their observing their role models do?” Lt. Picanzo asked. “As cliché as it is, but they’re our future and if this is what they’re seeing this is how they’re going to do when they grow up.”
Williams was taken into custody and was freed after posting a $1,000 bond.
The two girls who started the fight originally were expelled.