Warrant issued for dad accused of carrying gun on school bus

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools police signed a warrant charging a parent who allegedly brought a gun on to a school bus.

Police began investigating the case in February after a mother reported it to her daughter's school.
   
"She said, 'Guess what happened on the bus today?'" Felicia Moore said. She told Eyewitness News her 11-year-old daughter told her what happened at bedtime that night.
  
"There was a parent who got on the bus with a gun," her daughter said.

Moore reported the incident the next day to Lincoln Heights -- a school for students who had discipline problems elsewhere.
Moore told Eyewitness News not only did the man have a gun; he also made sure students knew he had it.

"He showed the kids on the bus the gun in the holster," Moore said. But CMS police said he didn’t threaten the kids.

Police told Eyewitness News they interviewed the bus driver and a security officer who was also on that bus, and they don't believe the man threatened anyone.

Deputy Police Chief Lisa Mangum said the man agreed to leave when the bus driver told him to get off, but that's when she saw the gun and the holster he was wearing.

Police are not identifying the parent until he is arrested. The incident has caused concern for parents all over Charlotte.

“We certainly don’t want people with guns, even if it’s in a holster, on a public school bus,” Beth Raines, a mother, said.