DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — A Lithia Springs High School parent is accused of pulling a gun on students in the high school’s parking lot after a basketball game last week.
Douglas County deputies told Channel 2’s Alyssa Hyman that it happened during the same altercation where one student shocked another with a Taser.
Deputies say it all started with an argument in the middle of the girls junior varsity basketball game against Maynard Jackson High School.
The kids started arguing again during the varsity basketball games and school resources officers kicked everyone out of the gym, deputies said.
“A few minutes later, some of the Maynard Jackson varsity girls ran back into the gym asking for help that one of their teammates had been stunned by Taser and that a lady had pulled out a gun,” said Sgt. Trent Wilson, with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Douglas County deputies responded immediately.
“They then went and talked to the adult parent that was outside and found out that she is the one who had the weapon and produced a Taser to her daughter that was used to Taser the young lady from the opposing team,” Wilson said.
Douglas County School District officials said violence of any kind is not tolerated on campus and it’s committed to student safety and security.
“She is no longer permitted on any Douglas County school system property,” district official James Strong said of Nydia Powell-Hicks, the mother accused of pulling the gun.
“It’s scary that a parent would actually have a gun around these kids,” parent Kamie Simmons said.
Simmons said she's worried for her 16-year-old son's safety. He's a junior at Lithia Springs High School.
“My reaction was, ‘Wow, a parent with a gun.' It was crazy,” Simmons said. “I don’t know how they’re going to handle that situation. They need more security at that school. A lot of stuff happens over there."
The student accused of using the Taser is a minor, and that part is also being handled by the Sheriff’s Office.
The district said any student found guilty of violating the code of conduct could face disciplinary action.
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