Florida father arrested for bringing loaded gun to school after son called him and cried that a teacher had 'slammed' him
27-year-old Christopher Freeman has been charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, aggravated assault with a weapon, and disrupting the peace
A Florida father has been charged after he brought a loaded firearm to his son's school and allegedly made death threats to teachers. The 27-year-old Christopher Freeman was arrested on Monday, March 11, at the Bear Lakes Middle School in West Palm Beach Florida at around 4 pm after he was spotted on school grounds with a handgun.
According to ABC News, which obtained a copy of the police report filed in connection to the incident, a school resource officer noticed the handgun sticking out of the 27-year-old's pants, resulting in a school shutdown.
Freeman, who arrived in a wheelchair, told workers that they would all be dead if they didn't let him speak with his son. An arrest affidavit states he was "visibly upset and yelling and screaming 'you're going to need more than what you got because of what I got'" and that he demanded to "see the guy who slammed my son" because he's "got something for him."
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that when officers arrived at the scene and searched the 27-year-old, they found an AK-47 Mini Draco pistol with a 30-round extended magazine and a bullet in the chamber.
He told deputies he came to the school because his son had called him crying earlier in the day and claimed his teacher had "slammed" him. He said while he was speaking with him on the phone, his son "was grabbed by an adult and his phone went flying out of his hands" and that "someone hung up the phone," making him very upset and prompting him to make his way to the school.
When questioned about the AK-47, Freeman explained he had purchased the gun from a friend about a year ago and carried it with him at all times for protection. He also claimed he had forgotten he had it on him at the time and that he didn't know it was against school rules to carry it inside the premises.
After his arrest, Freeman was charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, aggravated assault with a weapon, and disrupting the peace. He is currently being held on a $75,000 bond; a bond which authorities are seeking to revoke because of another active criminal case against the 27-year-old man.
Jack Fleischman, Freeman's attorney, revealed his intent to fight the bond revocation and insisted the entire incident was down to a "misunderstanding". He told ABC News, "This was more of a misunderstanding than a crime. He had no intention of harming anyone. We're interested in seeing if there is any security video from school because there were allegations about his child being hit." Freeman is scheduled to next appear in court on April 4. Fleischman said his client intends to plead not guilty.