A Texas woman has been arrested after being caught on video pulling a gun on a 14-year-old girl who was fighting her daughter over a boy in a public park.
The two girls, both students at Houston’s Pasadena High School, were fighting each other on Tuesday afternoon, when one of the girls’ mothers, Virianda Alvarez, 33, turned up at the scene armed with a handgun.
According to school officials, Ms. Alvarez aimed the gun at her daughter’s opponent and threatened her. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Bringing a gun to a fistfight: Virianda Alvarez (left), 33, of Houston, was charged with aggravated assault after she was caught on video holding a gun to the head of 14-year-old Victoria Myers during a fight (right).
Shortly afterward, an armed officer from the Pasadena Independent School District appeared on the scene and broke up the fight.
Virianda Alvarez was arrested on Tuesday night and has been charged with aggravated assault. Her bond has been set at $35,000.
During her first appearance in court, Ms. Alvarez told the judge that her intention was simply to “scare” her daughter’s rival with the gun. Her family later told KPRC2 TV station that the gun was not loaded.
The brawl between the two girls broke out in a park across the street from Pasadena High School after class on Tuesday, quickly drawing a large crowd of spectators.
2. A cellphone video shows Ms. Alvarez, dressed in a pink T-shirt, brandishing a black handgun.
One of the girls, 14-year-old Victoria Myers, told KHOU TV station that she got into an argument with Virianda Alvarez’s daughter over a boy. The girl’s friends then challenged her to fight her rival.
Victoria said she had no idea that her rival’s mother had come to the park armed with a gun until a friend showed her the video she had taken on her phone. It had captured the moment Ms. Alvarez pointed the handgun at Victoria’s head.
The shaky footage, obtained by NBC DFW, starts with Victoria and her opponent standing within a circle of girls in a park, looking unsure about what they are supposed to do next.
3. Footage from the fight shows the two classmates pummeling one another and pulling each other’s hair.
Then one of the girls in the crowd pushes Alvarez’s daughter toward Victoria and the two start punching each other with their fists and pulling each other’s hair.
At one point, the video shows Victoria throwing her opponent to the ground and punching her several times in the face.
And then, for a second, Virianda Alvarez shows up in the frame, wearing a bright-pink shirt and holding a handgun pointed at the ground.
4. Ms. Myers (pictured on top) said she had no idea her rival’s friend showed up with a gun.
Some of the onlookers recorded the fight on their cell phones, including the instant Ms. Alvarez threatened an unsuspecting Victoria Myers with her gun.
By the time the school district officer turned up to break the fight, Ms. Alvarez had put the weapon back in her purse, according to witnesses.
Ms. Alvarez was identified and arrested only after videos and photographs of the brawl were posted online and caught the police’s attention.
Victoria Myers and Alvarez’s daughter (her name has been withheld) have both been suspended from school until Monday. Both students have also received citations and will have to take part in a five-day guidance program.
5. A Texas mother is arrested for pulling a gun on a student — an NBC report.
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