A mother who was fighting a teacher at a Tennessee high school brought a loaded handgun to the classroom during the scuffle, police and local media reports say.
Katie Kays, 38, of Nashville, was charged Tuesday with two counts of reckless endangerment, a Class D felony, The Tennessean reports. She was in a physical altercation with an assistant principal at Antioch High School, and a teacher’s aide called police, police said.
“[Kays] concealed a loaded .380-caliber handgun and placed it in her backpack,” an affidavit states.
Kays is expected to be arraigned later this week, police say. She was being held Wednesday at the Sumner County Jail in Nashville on $25,000 bond. A telephone listing for Kays could not be found.
Police told the paper they don’t believe Kays shot at the teacher, though they didn’t provide details of the circumstances of the shooting.
Students said Kays and the teacher had exchanged words about the teen’s cell phone, and that’s when the altercation began.
“I saw the two girls fighting and that’s when she dropped the gun,” a student told WKRN-TV.
An Antioch mother with children at the school told the station she is shocked by the events.
“I think it was a mistake because teachers are unarmed,” the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “I think she needs to be handled way differently.”
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