Nashville police arrested a woman on Thursday (Nov. 2) accused of carrying a handgun on the East Nashville Magnet School’s campus, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department reported.
Barquita Williams was released from police custody on $1,000 bond.
According to the police, the incident stemmed from a physical fight in the school building between two female students at dismissal time. They had argued with each other earlier in the day. As they fought in a stairwell of the school, several other students jumped into the brawl.
Meanwhile, parents were waiting outside to pick up their kids as the students scuffled inside the school building. Williams, 38, and several other parents decided to go inside.
Eventually, officers broke up the fight. Some of the parents told the police that Williams had a gun, which she denied but consented to a search. A school resource officer found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun during the body search.
MNPD Lieutenant Jason Picanzo told local station WKRN that Williams asked her child to retrieve a gun from her car before she entered the school building.
“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,” the officer stated.