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Scuffle between parents causes school lockdown

School officials put Saucier Elementary on lockdown on Friday after an altercation in the parking lot of the school between ex-spouses got physical.
School officials put Saucier Elementary on lockdown on Friday after an altercation in the parking lot of the school between ex-spouses got physical. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

Two Saucier Elementary School parents were charged with breach of peace Friday after an altercation in the parking lot of Saucier Elementary School led to a woman allegedly being punched in the face and caused the school to go on lockdown.

Deputies arrested Brandon Ray Hoda and Shannon Williams for breach of peace after an altercation between Hoda, his wife Christie, and Shannon Williams and her husband, Greg Williams. The fight stems from a custody battle over who got the kids for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

In the police report, Shannon Williams told deputies Hoda punched her first and Brandon Hoda told deputies Williams punched him first.

Nobody disputes Hoda punched Williams in the face.

The attack happened in the parking lot during the school’s fall festival. School children and teachers were gathered outside at the time.

Harrison County School District Superintendent Roy Gill said a school teacher who saw the attack hollered for the children to get back inside the school. Officials then put the school on lockdown for close to an hour.

Christie Hoda or Greg Williams weren’t charged with a crime.

Peterson confirmed AMR arrived on scene to attend to Hoda, Shannon Williams and Greg Williams, who were all listed in the police report as “bleeding from the face.”

Gill said Cindy Grimes, the school principal, has the authority to ban Williams and Hoda from the school.

Deputies took Hoda and Williams to Harrison County jail Friday afternoon, where both bonded out close to a half hour later. Breach of peace is a misdemeanor charge.

The attack did not meet the requirements for felony assault, Peterson said.

“There would have to be disfigurement of some kind for the attack to be considered a felony. It didn’t reach that level,” he said.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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