(News-Press.com) - Cape Coral charter school parents said there is still a safety risk after a man was arrested Monday for allegedly having guns on school property, because the suspect's wife works at the school.
Kenneth Alan Pearson, 39, was taken into custody Monday afternoon after police said they found two guns in his vehicle parked at Oasis High School, one of three Oasis schools in the immediate area. He was rearrested hours later after police said he violated a domestic violence injunction set in place prior to his earlier release.
He was being held without bond Tuesday at the Lee County Jail.
"That gave me peace-of-mind to let my kids go to school today," said Maryanna Parisi, who has children in third, fifth and eighth grade at Oasis. "I think every parent is concerned that if there's bait there, meaning the person he's after, what's going to keep the shark away?"
Parisi, who was at the school with her daughter Monday for a volleyball game, said she first heard about the incident about 9 p.m. that night and searched the Lee County Sheriff's Office website to try and piece together exactly when it occurred.
"I was scared," she said. "I was wondering if it happened during the volleyball game."
Parisi was one of several concerned parents who attended a Tuesday meeting at the Cape Coral Police Department to address the incident.
Nancy Tracey, who also attended the meeting, said she feels bad for Pearson's wife and what she is going through but said she would like to see her placed on paid administrative leave until the situation gets sorted out.
"He has it out for his wife, who is a teacher there," said Tracey, who has children in fourth and ninth grade at the schools. "That is not safe for me and my kids."
Tracey said she also took issue with the school not notifying parents of the incident on Monday, and still has plenty of questions about how the school is going to handle the situation going forward.
A spokesperson for the school is expected to comment on the incident at some point today.
Police sent out a press release around 6:56 p.m. Monday notifying the public of the incident.
Spokesman Lt. Anthony Sizemore said there were no reports of any guns being displayed during the incident and no threats to any of the children at the school.
"This was an isolated incident between two people and not part of a greater situation," he said. "Having said that, I do realize that, especially in the city, that exact scenario played out into something very large."
Sizemore, referencing the 2008 killing at Bobbie Noonan's Child Care, said the police department is taking the incident "very seriously," and said that incident is an example of how domestic violence can spill over and endanger children.
In 2012, Robert Dunn was found guilty of breaking into the daycare and fatally shooting his estranged wife Christine Marie Lozier. He was sentenced earlier this year to two life sentences and five years for first-degree murder, armed burglary and child abuse.
Sizemore said the dispute between Pearson and his wife had been going on at least since Sunday when officers were called to their residence on a domestic violence call.
Pearson's wife had told a school resource officer Monday she and her husband had been fighting, and she was concerned for her safety after she received several text messages from him that morning. She said her husband had two guns he frequently carried.
Minutes later, the officer saw Pearson pull up to the school with his son and start walking toward a school building, according to a police report.
The officer said he confronted Pearson, who said he was there dropping his son off at school, though it was during the last period of the day.
The officer said he asked Pearson if he had any firearms with him, and Pearson said there were two guns in the vehicle's glove compartment.
Officers said they found an unloaded Smith & Wesson revolver, a semiautomatic Fratelli Tanfoglio handgun loaded with nine rounds and several rounds of ammunition in a fanny pack the glove compartment.
Pearson was taken into custody without incident and is facing two charges of possession of a firearm on school property.
Police said he was released later Monday and started sending his wife threatening text messages, violating the injunction. He was taken into custody for a second time early Tuesday morning.
Police responded to the couple's home on Sunday for a domestic incident after Pearson's wife said they got into an argument that led to her calling 911.
She told police Pearson took the phone from her, so she left the house and waited for officers to respond before she went back inside to get some of her belongings.
Responding officers described Pearson as "very controlling and did not like his wife making the decision to leave for the night" and said Pearson repeatedly tried to start arguments with his wife with officers present.