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Parent brandishes knife in Cowell School parking lot
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A verbal argument in the pickup line at Joshua Cowell School turned violent Thursday afternoon after one parent pulled a knife out and brandished it at the other parent while students were waiting to be released from school.

No students were present during the altercation, and nobody was injured.

According to an email that was sent out to parents from Joshua Cowell Principal Christie Newman, staff that observed the incident quickly moved in to surround the two men involved in the dispute while somebody else promptly called the Manteca Police Department. The police responded immediately only to discover that both men had fled the scene.

With the help of witnesses and school administration, both men have been identified and a police report was filed.

“We understand this incident was likely witnessed by many present in the parking lot, and want to assure you that appropriate action is being taken. Criminal activity of this nature is unacceptable,” Newman wrote in the email. “It is the goal of Manteca Unified School District and the Manteca Police Department to hold those responsible for committing such acts accountable both criminally and administratively.

“While your children are on campus, they are in our care and we take that responsibility very seriously. There are safety plans in place to secure campus, respond to situations, and keep students safe.”

The matter is currently being investigated, and further action will be taken.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.