Middle school bullies are reality parents of pre, and young teens are painfully aware of. So, to hear that a Denver girl may have been getting bullied by a group of girls in her class is, sadly, not all that unusual. But the way her mother allegedly attempted to deal with the issue sure as hell was. And what she did last week is enough to send chills up any parent’s spine.
Monica Avila, 34, was charged Tuesday with four counts of menacing and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds, both felonies.
According to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Avila confronted four girls aged 13 and 14 in the middle school’s parking lot last Thursday — one day before the Sandy Hook shooting — and began arguing with them about bullying. She allegedly showed the girls a black semi-automatic handgun and said “Look what I have.”
Then, Avila allegedly then drove out of the parking lot and parked across the street, as the girls told adults about what happened and called 911.
Can you believe this woman?! Her actions would have been seen and treated as totally inappropriate any day … but hearing that this happened just a day before the Sandy Hook tragedy and our current national conversation on gun control makes it even more horrifying.
Thankfully, law enforcement intervened and arrested Avila, charging her with four counts of felony menacing and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds (also a felony).
Avila remains in custody with a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Thursday to be formally advised of her charges.
Gumbumpers, If your child has ever been bullied, how did you handle the situation?