March 15, 2019
After his son called him crying because a teacher allegedly “slammed” him, an angered father showed up the boy’s school carrying a loaded gun while threatening school staff. Later, he told police he “forgot” he had the gun on him.
Christopher Freeman, a 27-year-old father, couldn’t tolerate seeing his son crying at school and he decided to act by turning up at Bear Lakes Middle School in West Palm Beach while carrying a loaded AK-47.
Bear Lakes Middle School, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Source: Twitter/bearlakesmiddle
According to Freeman, he got a FaceTime call from his son around 3 pm on Monday. The boy was visibly upset and crying and told Freeman that a teacher “slammed” him. As they were talking, someone took the phone from the boy’s hand and ended the call.
An arrest report from Palm Beach County school police recalls that an assistant principal at the middle school had called Freeman that afternoon to talk about the incident involving his son.
"If this isn't my son, you're all dead," Freeman allegedly said when he answered the phone, the principal told police.
The iPhone's screen when a call is in progress. | Source: Wikimedia Common Images
Freeman informed the principal that he was on his way to the school. Upon his arrival, Freeman was on a wheelchair, upset, and throwing threats to the school staff.
“You’re going to need more than what you got because of what I got,'" he said, according to the arrest affidavit. He also said “I want to see the guy who slammed my son. I've got something for him.”
While he was being escorted to the school’s principal’s office, a school resource officer noticed Freeman had a gun on his pants. He put the school on lockdown and asked for backup.
Students in class with teacher at board. | Source: Shutterstock
Freeman was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, aggravated assault with a weapon and disrupting the peace.
Police said he was armed with an AK-47 Mini Draco pistol with a 30-round extended magazine, and the gun was loaded with one bullet on the chamber.
The man said he bought the gun to a friend a year ago and carried it around for protection. He also stated he forgot he had the weapon on him, and claimed he didn’t knot it was against the school rules.
Handcuffed man. | Source: Shutterstock
Although his bond was set on $75,000, police are considering revoking it because Freeman is involved in an open criminal case.
Jack Fleischman, Freeman’s attorney, told ABC News:
“This was more of a misunderstanding than a crime. He had no intention of harming anyone. We're interested in seeing if there is any security video from school because there were allegations about his child being hit."
Christopher Freeman's mugshot. | Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff's office.
Freeman is scheduled to appear in court on April 4.
Another angered mom that came forward to claim justice for her son was Dhakira Talbot, however, her motives were totally different.
According to Talbot, her son, an 11-year-old 6th-grade student of "Lawton Chiles Middle Academy" was arrested on February 4, after reportedly refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
However, the police are saying his arrest was due to his refusal to follow commands, disturbance, and disruption.
The American Flag | Photo: Getty Images/Global Images of Ukraine
The arrest was reported as a result of a substitute teacher asking the students to stand for the flag. The student in question refused, saying the anthem is racist, and the national pledge of the country is offensive to black people.
After engaging in a discussion with the teacher, the boy got upset. The police report says the dean asked the student to leave the classroom over a dozen times, even the resource officer intervened, but he refused.
When the student eventually left the classroom, he caused another scene as he made threats to beat the teacher up and get the principal and resource officer fired after calling them racists.
Dhakira Talbot, mother of the 11-year-old who was arrested | Photo: Facebook/Hezakya Newz
Talbot said her son was always bullied and has never acted in such an offensive manner; the incident upsets her. She said:
“I feel like this should’ve been handled differently. If any disciplinary action should've been taken, it should've been with the school. He shouldn't have been arrested.
Dhakira is working closely with the "Poor and Minority Justice Association," to get the charges brought against her son dropped.
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