Woman Brings Gun to School Board Meeting

By: Michael Huff, Dave Benton Email
By: Michael Huff, Dave Benton Email

A woman apparently trying to make a point about school safety pulled a gun from her purse at a Fairview Board of Education meeting Monday evening. Witnesses say she was speaking about school safety and how easy it would be to bring a concealed weapon into school and then pulled the handgun from her purse. School officials restrained her until police arrived. The gun was not loaded and no one was hurt in the incident.

Fairview is in Boyd County, Kentucky.

Police say she came to the school board meeting to make a point, but her point did more harm than good. Now a woman is charged with pulling a gun out of her purse in a meeting. It all took place Monday evening at the Fairview Independent Schools Board of Education meeting. Police say 51-year old Tina Thompson from Westwood pulled a gun out of her purse to prove a point, but what happened next could haunt her for years.

Like most schools across the country, the flag flies at half staff at Fairview High School to remember the shootings at Virginia Tech last week. Behind those walls a parent wanted to prove a point...with a gun, but her plan backfired.

According to witnesses Thompson said her son was made fun of at school and is getting psychiatric treatment. She said she wanted someone placed in the school with a gun to show authority. That's when she pulled out a gun to demonstrate how easy it is to get a gun in school. Within seconds, two school board members restrained Thompson and held her until police arrived.

According to the police report, Tina Thompson was in possession of at .38 caliber handgun. The report also states the gun was not loaded.

Thompson lives in Westwood where her neighbors tell NewsChannel 3 that she takes care of foster children.

Witnesses at the board meeting say Thompson mentioned the Columbine and Virginia Tech tragedies before reaching for her gun. Police say Thompson is charged with a Class D felony for unlawful possession of a firearm on school property. She could face up to five years in prison.

Tina Thompson declined our request for an interview.

Thompson will be arraigned Tuesday morning in Boyd County district court. The case will be turned over to circuit court since Thompson is charged with a felony.

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