MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Mobile Police Department arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly going into a local middle school and threatening a student.
39-year-old Gabriel Lawson was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat and criminal trespass third-degree.
According to Mobile Police, Lawson went to Scarborough Middle School and threatened to choke a student who was teasing his daughter.
The threat sent the school into lockdown after police say Lawson tried to open several classroom doors.
The incident happened early Tuesday morning around 7:45 a.m. at the school on Phillips Lane in Mobile.
The Mobile County Public School System released the following statement:
“Yesterday morning, a parent walked into Scarborough Middle School looking for a student who had called his daughter a name.
The man bypassed the office, but school administrators saw him and were able to stop him before he encountered any students. Within two or three minutes of him walking into the school, all classroom doors were locked, and the man was told to leave. He immediately left.
School officials filed a police report, and the man was arrested.
The principal and school administrators responded swiftly, and the man had no actual contact with any Scarborough students, besides his daughter.”