Arizona parents arrested trying to get students during school lockdown

PHOENIX – Three Arizona parents were arrested Friday after scuffling with law enforcement as they tried to get into an elementary school to pick up and “protect” their children during a school lockdown, police said. 

Thompson Ranch Elementary School in the Phoenix suburb of El Mirage was locked down for about an hour Friday morning after someone reportedly saw a man with a gun near the school, the El Mirage Police Department said.

Authorities said the school was later cleared and the suspect, who was arrested by police, never gained access to the campus. But during the lockdown and before students and teachers could be evacuated, parents started showing up. Police said the group of parents got notifications from their children inside the school.

Three parents, one of whom had a firearm, were arrested on campus, El Mirage police Lt. Jimmy Chavez said during a news conference Friday afternoon. Chavez said the three parents became “confrontational” toward police and officers used a stun gun on two of the individuals.

A family walks away from Thompson Ranch Elementary School in El Mirage after a lockdown on Aug. 12, 2022.

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One of the parents was taken to the hospital, Chavez said. He said several parents outside the school expressed frustrations during the incident and wanted to get into the building to protect their children. 

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