West Palm Beach, FL – An outraged father stormed into a middle school armed with a loaded AK-47 pistol on Monday, after his son called him and told him that a teacher had assaulted him.
The incident began at Bear Lakes Middle School at approximately 3 p.m., when 28-year-old Christopher Freeman received a frantic FaceTime call from his son, WESH reported.
The crying boy told his father that a teacher had attacked him and “slammed him,” just before Freeman witnessed an adult grabbing onto his son.
Freeman said he then saw “his son’s phone flying from his son’s hand” just before the call ended, according to court documents.
The outraged father immediately grabbed the weapon and headed directly to the school.
According to police, the assistant principal at the school had also contacted Freeman earlier in the day about his son, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“You’re all dead,” Freeman told him at the time, according to school officials.
When he arrived at the school, he was intercepted by a school resource officer.
The officer noted that Freeman, who was in a wheelchair, had the grip of a firearm sticking out of his pants.
“I want to see the guy who slammed my son,” the enraged man yelled, according to police. “I’ve got something for him.”
“You’re going to need more than what you’ve got because of what I’ve got,” he added, according to The Palm Beach Post.
School officials placed the school under lockdown, and officers lead Freeman outside, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
They then asked him if he was armed, and if he would consent to a search.
“You ain’t touching me,” he replied, according to police.
Additional officers arrived at the scene, at which point they found a fully-loaded AK-47 Mini Draco shoved down the front of Freeman's pants.
The weapon had a round in the chamber, and was equipped with a loaded 30-round magazine.
According to court documents, Freeman said he was carrying the weapon for his own protection, and that he did not intend on harming anyone, WESH reported.
He claimed that he forgot he had the large gun on him, and said he didn’t know the school prohibits people from carrying weapons on campus, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Freeman has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, disrupting a school function, and possession of a firearm on school grounds, and is being held on $75,000 bond.
The court also ordered him to stay away from all Palm Beach County school properties, and he will be required to wear an ankle monitor if he is released from jail, WESH reported.
At the time of Monday’s incident, Freeman was already facing charges for drug and weapons offenses stemming from a traffic stop in February of 2018, The Palm Beach Post reported.
He is scheduled to go to trial for those offenses in April.
“I want to thank the quick action of our own School Police, in cooperation with the West Palm Beach Police Department, for their cooperation in removing this individual from our campus,” Bear Lakes Middle School Principal Kirk Howell said in a phone message to parents and guardians on Monday, according to WESH.
Howell explained that the school was placed on lockdown “after a parent became hostile” in the front office, and confirmed that officers took control of the “angered parent” and found him in possession of a firearm.
Freeman is due back in court on April 4.