Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Parent arrested after taking gun to Pulaski Heights Elementary School

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

click to enlarge ZYPHRIA DERRICK WATTS
  • ZYPHRIA DERRICK WATTS
Parents at the Pulaski Heights elementary and middle schools got a telephone alert this morning that a parent was arrested for taking a handgun to an assembly at the elementary school (not middle school as I originally wrote). Another parent saw the gun and reported it to a school security officer who notified the police. The man was arrested without incident. He reportedly apologized to the principal, saying he'd just been hunting.

Here's the police incident report.  It says Zyprhia Watts, 39, had a .40-caliber Glock in his overalls. Police also took rounds of ammunition. The report said Watts was a convicted felon and wanted on several warrants ranging from failure to appear on a traffic charge to a federal drug charge. Little Rock police charged him with two gun possession charges and federal agents were supposed to take charge of him for a federal court appearance. he was in the county jail Thursday evening.

Here's the School District report:

Good Afternoon, Parents:

This is Pamela Smith, Communications Director for the Little Rock School District, calling you on behalf of Lilly Carter, principal at Pulaski Heights Elementary School, and Dr. Suzanne Ross, principal at Pulaski Heights Middle School.

This morning around 8:20, a parent who came to attend an assembly at the elementary school, brought a handgun onto campus which is against school policy and a violation of the law. Thankfully, another alert parent noticed the weapon in the parent’s back pocket and immediately brought it to the attention of our Safety and Security Officer. The Safety and Security Officer followed school protocol and notified the Little Rock Police Department School Resource Officer assigned to the middle school next door.

The School Resource Officer arrested the parent without incident. While in police custody, the parent expressed his apologies to Mrs. Carter and said that he had just returned from a hunting trip. He was transported to the Little Rock Police Department for further processing.

The children attending the assembly were unaware of the incident. While we regret this unfortunate occurrence, we are thankful to the alert parent who called it to our attention and the responsive Safety and Security Officer who immediately followed safety and security protocol to avert any potential problems.

We want to assure our parents that it is our commitment to maintain a safe environment for all of our students, staff and parents. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principals at the respective campuses.

Tags: , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

People who saved…

Most Shared

  • Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

    The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
  • Americans for Prosperity sends out hundreds of thousands of mailers with fake voter registration information in North Carolina

    North Carolina's ABC affiliate reports on hundreds of thousands of mailers with false information about voter registration sent by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers. The official-looking mailers gave the wrong deadline for voter registration and told people to sign up with the wrong state agency. The mailers also gave the wrong office for questions regarding voter registration, the wrong zip code for turning in a voter registration form, and inaccurate information about how people would be notified of their precinct.
  • How the South became dead red

    Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Beverly Carter's body found in shallow grave on Highway 5 in northern Pulaski County — UPDATED

    The Pulaski sheriff's office reported early this morning that the body of Beverly Carter, the real estate agent apparently abducted while showing a home near Scott Thursday evening, had been found in a shallow grave near Cabot. The charges against Arron Lewis, her suspected abductor, have been upgraded to capital murder.
  • Mark Pryor highlights Cotton votes against Paycheck Fairness and Violence Against Women Acts

    Sen. Mark Pryor today began what the campaign is dubbing a "Women for Pryor" statewide tour. Pryor is highlighting Cotton's votes against paycheck fairness legislation and the Violence Against Women Act (all together now: the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation to do so). Pryor was joined by his mother, the former first lady of Arkansas Barbara Pryor, at this morning's event at the Fresco Cafe in Fayetteville. Events will be held across the state to mobilize women in support of Pryor to vote.

Most Viewed

  • Sen. Jason Rapert reacts to Beverly Carter's death with proposal to abolish parole in Arkansas

    Sen. Jason Rapert reacted to the death of Beverly Carter with a proposal on social media to abolish parole in Arkansas. Seeking to do everything in our power to construct public policy that curtails crime and protects citizens is of course vitally important. Indeed, keeping folks safe is a foundation mission of having a government — of having a society — in the first place. Awful tragedies happen, in Arkansas, and the rest of the nation. Events like these rightly shake us. They rightly force us to examine our policy choices. But to conclude that the panacea is locking up more people, and locking them up for longer periods of time, strains credulity. Thoughts on criminal justice and incarceration in the wake of a tragedy, and a conversation with Rapert.
  • Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

    The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
  • Beverly Carter's body found in shallow grave on Highway 5 in northern Pulaski County — UPDATED

    The Pulaski sheriff's office reported early this morning that the body of Beverly Carter, the real estate agent apparently abducted while showing a home near Scott Thursday evening, had been found in a shallow grave near Cabot. The charges against Arron Lewis, her suspected abductor, have been upgraded to capital murder.
  • AG candidate Leslie Rutledge's voter registration cancelled by Pulaski Co. clerk

    Leslie Rutledge has been kicked off the voter rolls in Arkansas due to the fact that she is concurrently registered out of state. Does that mistake make her ineligible to run for statewide office?
  • Americans for Prosperity sends out hundreds of thousands of mailers with fake voter registration information in North Carolina

    North Carolina's ABC affiliate reports on hundreds of thousands of mailers with false information about voter registration sent by Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers. The official-looking mailers gave the wrong deadline for voter registration and told people to sign up with the wrong state agency. The mailers also gave the wrong office for questions regarding voter registration, the wrong zip code for turning in a voter registration form, and inaccurate information about how people would be notified of their precinct.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation