THOMAS — Two high school students in Thomas were suspended for the rest of the school year after they pulled handguns on another student during an Aug. 23 dispute over a parking space.
The two students who pulled out the handguns are brothers, a school official said.
A third student, a junior who apparently pulled out a bat during the argument, was suspended for three days, according to police.
School officials said the incident involved two vehicles that were parked side-by-side before they were moved during lunch.
The brothers, a senior and a freshman, were in a vehicle that reportedly took up both spots following lunch, leading to the dispute.
Thomas Police Chief Buck Jones said this type of incident is rare in the small city and the surrounding communities.
“It was a dispute over a parking space,” Jones said. “One boy steps out with a baseball bat, the two brothers in the other vehicle hold up guns, and that's as far as it went.
“Luckily, everybody kept a cool head.”
Rob Royalty, superintendent of Thomas-Fay-Custer Schools, said it's frustrating to have his district scrutinized for something that happened in a parking lot outside the gym.
Royalty said the school district does well academically and has never been involved before in such an incident.
The district's top administrator also defended the students involved.