SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. – A Valentine’s Day scuffle at a Tennessee elementary school prompted officials to impose a lockdown until police secured the scene.
Signal Mountain Police arrested two men who were fighting in the Nolan Elementary School parking lot over a woman shortly before noon on Tuesday, Capt. Scott Ogrodowczyk told WRCB.
The woman met her estranged husband at the school, and left her new boyfriend to wait for her in the car at the far end of the parking lot. The husband spotted the boyfriend and the two got into a physical altercation, The Chattanoogan reports.
“Parents check your voicemail for additional information. There was an altercation (not involving students) in the parking lot that police responded to immediately,” Nolan Elementary officials posted to Facebook.
“The school went on lock down as a precaution but no children or staff were injured,” it continued. “The lock down has been lifted, everyone is safe, and valentine parties and indoor activities and extracurriculars will continue as planned.”
Ogrodowczyk told WRCB that no students were outside to witness the incident.
He told the Chattanooga Times Fee Press the lock down was lifted after police took the men into custody. Officials did not reveal their names.
A Signal Mountain Police statement contends charges will be filed in the case.
“The incident at Nolan Elementary school this morning (was) caused by a domestic situation which was resolved without injury,” the statement read, according to The Chattanoogan. “At least one arrest was made following the altercation. No children or anybody inside the school was ever in danger. Signal Mountain Police responded along with the County (school resource officer) from the high school.”
Folks who commented about the brawl on Facebook were clearly not impressed.
“There really needs to be an eye roll option on here,” Meghan Burriss wrote.
“Wow two grown men acting this way in front of kids!” Kayla Parker added. “Sounds like the need to grow up.”
“Keeping it classy!” Kaycee Brown posted.
“So sad for the child of these two …,” Erin Kelly wrote.