A 31-year-old Jacksonville woman was arrested after a gun was brought onto Matthew Gilbert Middle School’s campus, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
Moenika Lashay Ellis was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, resisting an officer with violence and armed possession of marijuana, and released on bail the next day, jail records show.
Ellis’s arrest report is heavily redacted but states that school police were called about 10:30 a.m. to the school at 1424 Franklin St. on reports of an armed person. A school officer saw Ellis involved in a physical altercation with three other parents, then was walking back to her car and trying to drive away when she was stopped, the report said.
Principal Maurice Nesmith sent a notification to parents reporting that the school had been put on lockdown due to the fight outside the building, and “All students and staff remained safe.”
According to a second message obtained by First Coast News, the four adults were on campus for pre-scheduled meetings when the altercation began. No cause for the fight was revealed, but Nesmith said all four have been given trespass notices and “are facing multiple criminal charges,” although none was specified. The message also said the firearm was never inside the building.