LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A parent was arrested Thursday morning for having a gun on a Little Rockschool campus.
Sgt. Cassandra Davis says Zyphria Watts, a convicted felon,is charged with possession of a handgun on school property,possession of firearms by certain persons, as well as being held on afailure to appear warrantfrom Little Rock Police and a warrant for dangerous drugs from the FBI.
This is a letter that was sent from the Little Rock School District to parents:
Good Afternoon, Parents:
This is Pamela Smith, Communications Director for the Little Rock School District, calling you on behalf of Lilly Carter, principal at Pulaski Heights Elementary School, and Dr. Suzanne Ross, principal at Pulaski Heights Middle School.
This morning around 8:20, a parent who came to attend an assembly at the elementary school, brought a handgun onto campus which is against school policy and a violation of the law. Thankfully, another alert parent noticed the weapon in the parent's back pocket and immediately brought it to the attention of our Safety and Security Officer. The Safety and Security Officer followed school protocol and notified the Little Rock Police Department School Resource Officer assigned to the middle school next door.
The School Resource Officer arrested the parent without incident. While in police custody, the parent expressed his apologies to Mrs. Carter and said that he had just returned from a hunting trip. He was transported to the Little Rock Police Department for further processing.
The children attending the assembly were unaware of the incident. While we regret this unfortunate occurrence, we are thankful to the alert parent who called it to our attention and the responsive Safety and Security Officer who immediately followed safety and security protocol to avert any potential problems.
We want to assure our parents that it is our commitment to maintain a safe environment for all of our students, staff and parents. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principals at the respective campuses.