Florida cops say an “angry” mother tried to run over a high school employee in the parking lot
A dispute over a high school parking lot turned dangerous The “troubled” mother. A student tried to run over a school employee, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in southwest Florida.
It happened Thursday, Nov. 2, at Port Charlotte High School, about 100 miles south of Tampa, according to a news release.
Investigators say a 42-year-old woman dropped her child off at school and tried to exit the parking lot through an entrance designated for school bus access.
“An employee stopped the woman and told her she couldn’t go out that way because buses were arriving to drop off students. This exchange angered the woman, who eventually backed up and started her car,” the sheriff’s office said.
“As Bus A passed, the woman then turned her vehicle in the direction of the employee and hit the gas, revving the engine and moving at a high rate of speed toward him. The member had to dive into some bushes to avoid the oncoming car.
The school employee was not injured and obtained license plate information as the vehicle was speeding, officials said.
The investigation, which included interviews with witnesses and a review of security footage, “corroborated the victim’s report,” the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies met with the driver on Nov. 7 and learned that she “preferred to exit through the entrance to avoid speed bumps in the exit area causing damage to her vehicle,” a report said. “She denied trying to run the victim over with her car,” officials said.
The woman was arrested and “charged with aggravated assault on a public or private education employee.”
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Brummel School-based pick-up and drop-off lines can sometimes be frustrating for parents.
“But we will never compromise in ensuring the safety of students and staff,” he said in the statement.