Fayette County

On the same morning a loaded gun was found at Henry Clay, angry mom attacked associate principal

Rosana Garcia
Rosana Garcia

On the same day that a loaded gun was discovered at Henry Clay High School, an angry mom was arrested and accused of attacking an associate principal and Fayette County Schools police officers who were trying to restrain her.

Rosana Garcia, 33, was arrested by school district police at 9 a.m. on Thursday and charged with third degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Garcia was called to the school because of a disorder in which her daughter was involved, according to the arrest citation. “She refused to stop and identify herself with the front office staff, began yelling, and refused to stop for one of the associate principals,” the citation says. “The principal then stepped in front of her to get her to calm down and stop. Garcia then began striking the principal.”

When the law enforcement officers tried to handcuff her, she started kicking and trying to hit them. They finally had to pin her to a door to get handcuffs on, the citation said, and she never stopped struggling. Even after the arrest, she refused to provide basic information about herself or about care for her 12-year-old son in the car outside.

Garcia was booked at the Fayette County Detention Center. On Friday, she was released on her own recognizance with a written order that she must not go to Henry Clay High School.

Garcia’s outburst was not connected to the loaded gun incident, which had been found before classes started, said Fayette County spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall. The male student who brought the gun told officials he did not plan on any violence but wanted to protect himself. The gun was found before classes started.

The gun incident sparked a tumultuous meeting with angry parents who said they were not properly informed. On Friday, more than 60 percent of students took advantage of an excused absence that Little granted to those who were afraid to return to school.

Garcia has pleaded not guilty. Her first court date will be on March 21.

Linda Blackford: 859-231-1359, @lbblackford

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