Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Mom Gets Probation for Gun at School

A woman has been sentenced to two years' probation for displaying a handgun during a meeting with her son's assistant principal.

Mary E. Cozad, 56, also was ordered to pay a $200 fine after she pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

State District Judge George Gallagher sentenced her to probation with deferred adjudication, which means the charge will be dropped from her criminal record if she completes the terms of probation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its online edition Tuesday.

Cozad was in assistant Principal Martha Beseau Bock's office Oct. 11 at Park Glen Elementary School in Fort Worth to discuss her son's one-day suspension for a fight on a school bus, according to Fort Worth police reports. Park Glen is in the Keller school district.

After the door was closed, Cozad took a handgun and holster from her purse and placed it on a shelf near the assistant principal, according to reports.

No shots were fired, and Cozad left the office with the gun, police said.

Shortly after the incident, the Fort Worth mother was banned from Keller district campuses, a school official said.

Cozad could not be reached for comment Tuesday.



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