Police arrested a woman on an Arlington ISD campus Thursday afternoon when she allegedly showed up with a gun after hearing her child was involved in a fight with other students.
The incident occurred at Arlington Martin High School in South Arlington, where a fight had erupted among a group of students on campus, near the school parking lot, Arlington police informed NBC 5.
Authorities claimed that one of the students involved in the fracas might have been armed, but it was the actions of one of the student’s parents that ended up resulting in a criminal complaint.
Dayne Denise Kacir, 39, had reportedly heard about the fight and driven down to the school with a gun. Police officers allegedly saw her get out of her car with a gun in hand, however, they claim that she did not fire it at any point, nor did she point the weapon at anyone.
Kacir was arrested by police, removed from campus, and booked into Arlington city jail.
Police charged Kacir with a weapons violation, the unlawful carrying of a weapon in a prohibited place, which is a possible third-degree felony. If convicted, she could face up to a $10,000 fine and between two and 10 years in prison.
“I want to reiterate to you that the safety of our staff and students is our No.1 priority,” wrote Arlington Martin High principal Marlene Roddy, in a statement to school parents.
“Keeping everyone safe starts at home and includes you. There is no place for weapons for students or parents at any Arlington ISD location. We need your help to reinforce that,” she wrote.
Arlington ISD has struggled in recent months to prevent the unlawful possession of guns on its campuses.
“On [October 21], staff at Sam Houston High School notified our school resource officers that they’d found a handgun and marijuana inside an 18-year-old student’s backpack during an administrative search,” Tim Ciesco, media relations officer at the Arlington Police Department, told The Dallas Express.
A month before that, a middle school student allegedly brought a firearm to Gunn Junior High and showed it to students. The student confessed to school authorities and was later charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.