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Man threatens to choke student for teasing daughter at Scarborough Middle

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Gabriel Lawson was arrested Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. Photo: Metro Jail. Gabriel Lawson was arrested Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. Photo: Metro Jail.

The parent of a middle schooler who entered his daughter's school, forcing it to go into lock down, has been charged and arrested. 

Mobile Police say 39-year-old Gabriel Lawson made a violent threat at Scarborough Middle School Tuesday morning.

Investigators say he was angry because another student was teasing his daughter. That led Lawson to go to the school, where police say he threatened to choke that student.

We're told Lawson walked past the school office and tried to open classroom doors, but administrators stopped him. It happened around 7:45 a.m.

The whole thing is concerning for Scarborough Middle parents. 

"I would rather than it didn't happen at the school period, that he contacted the teacher where it happened in the classroom or the any one of the principals, or if they couldn't do nothing about it take it to the school board and let them handle the situation," Jalonna Law told FOX10 News, who has three students at Scarborough.

"Anybody that's coming up here with any kind of violence, they should be arrested. No matter what it's about, I mean this is a middle school with small kids up here," says Marlon Moore, also a parent.

School officials say Lawson was only there for a few minutes, and left after he was asked to leave. Police arrested him a couple of hours later. The Mobile County School System sent FOX10 News a statement about what happened, which reads:

"Yesterday morning, a parent walked into Scarborough Middle School looking for a student who had called his daughter a name.

The man bypassed the office, but school administrators saw him and were able to stop him before he encountered any students. Within two or three minutes of him walking into the school, all classroom doors were locked, and the man was told to leave. He immediately left.

School officials filed a police report, and the man was arrested.

The principal and school administrators responded swiftly, and the man had no actual contact with any Scarborough students, besides his daughter."

Lawson bonded out a few hours after his arrest on Tuesday. He's been to metro jail many times before, most recently back in August for public intoxication. He's charged with making a terrorist threat, and trespassing. His court date is set for the end of October.

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