CELINA –– A parent in Celina ISD has been charged with making terroristic threats at his child's school. Police say Ron Miller, who was unarmed, told Celina Elementary School staffers that he had a gun to test the school's security response on Wednesday morning.
"Basically, he told one of the greeters, 'I am a gunman. My target is inside of the building. I'm going in the building. You stop me,'" said Celina Independent School District superintendent Donny O'Dell. "They recognized, at that point, that he did not have a weapon and they were able to go ahead and tell him to leave."
The principal at the school called administrators, who then called police. O'Dell said they did not use 911, but called the department's non-emergency number. The superintendent said it was because Miller, 44, was "immediately" recognized as a parent and volunteer.
"After he left, there was no imminent threat for a lockdown and for teachers and kiddos to be locked in the classrooms," O'Dell said. " We found some glitches … some things we need to work on. Of course, none of this ever takes place when you expect it to, so human response to certain situations is not always perfect because we're not perfect."
The school greeter who Miller approached was not equipped with a radio to report the incident to the office. Miller, a paramedic with Careflight, was not home and did not respond to a request for comment. Parents seem disappointed in his actions but sympathetic to his intention: to keep kids safe.
"I think it was poor judgment, absolutely poor judgment," said Jennifer Thomas, a parent at Celina. "If he only knew what he was doing to parents in this community. I wish he hadn't have done it."
Some also question why no one called 911 and why the school was not locked down, especially after the shooting massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
"I feel the steps should have been taken and it should have been my choice on whether or not I picked my kid up early," said Abby Hall, another parent.
Miller was arrested Wednesday night and charged with terroristic threats, a third degree felony. He posted $75,000 bond and was released from the Collin County Jail on Thursday.