PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona school is considering hiring armed guards after an influential state senator barged into a classroom and verbally threatened a teacher over a dispute involving his teenage grandson. PoliceMore >>
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona school is considering hiring armed guards after an influential state senator barged into a classroom and verbally threatened a teacher over a dispute involving his teenage grandson.More >>
Yuma, Ariz.(KSWT News 13)- The Yuma charter school that claims State Senator Don Shooter verbally attacked a teacher two weeks ago denies it's politicizing the confrontation that landed Shooter in hot water.
Even though no formal charges have been filed against Shooter, the school says it still plans to hire security guards.
John Morales with YPIC says this is not politically motivated.
He says right now the school does not have the budget to hire armed security guards so essentially they would have to rely on local representatives like Shooter to bring in state funding to do something they have been wanting to do- which is to better secure their school.
"It can be rather intimidating when you're just doing your job and someone barges into your classroom and gets in your face," said Morales.
Morales says he did not witness Senator Don Shooter barging into the classroom and verbally confronting the teacher, but he's leading the internal investigation at the school.
"I just know it had an affect on her and it was scary for her," said Morales.
The teacher who filed the police report- Danielle Munoz claims Senator Shooter approached her in a visibly angry manner and pointed his finger in her face.
According to the 16-page police report obtained by 13 On Your Side, school employees including the teacher asked him to leave several times. When he refused they called 9-1-1.
Shooter eventually walked out on his own before police arrived.
"I didn't want to get to the position of having to hire security that is armed on campus," said Morales.
Morales says this incident has really put the idea of hiring armed security guards to the front burner.
However, Morales says the school does not have the money to pay for the security.
"Had Sen. Shooter not walked into our classroom and disrupted it, there wouldn't have been an incident or any talk about his politics. In a privately funded organization like I've got, I can't be going to my people and saying I don't like that persons politics, that won't play here in Yuma. That's just not how we do things around here."
Police have not filed formal charges against Senator Don Shooter.
The case is still open and under investigation.
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