Parents concerned with man holding rifle across street from elementary school

Published: Dec. 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM CST
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A man sitting on his front porch holding what appears to be a rifle, right across the street from an elementary school. It’s a sight that has parents in Wichita concerned.

The Wichita School District said it’s aware of the situation but adds, the man isn’t doing anything illegal. Now, that man is saying this is all just a misunderstanding.

Ashley Badders’ daughter attends Kelly Elementary School in Wichita. When she saw a picture on social media of a man holding a gun on his front porch right across from the school, she told her daughter not to walk by that house anymore.

“I don’t know what anyone else would get from his sitting on the porch with that gun,” Badders said. “What is the reason? I mean, these are fifth grade kids and under.”

The picture spread on social media, claiming the man had a problem with people parking by his driveway. But that man, who only wants to be identified as Kyle, said that’s not entirely true. He said parking is a problem in this neighborhood at times, but that’s not the reason he had his gun.

“Didn’t feel like I was bothering anybody,” Kyle said. “I am a hunter, I do like to hunt and I just wanted to sit on my front porch with my gun, I didn’t think that was a big deal.”

But Kyle said he’s had two people confront him, threatening him because he had a firearm.

“He said if I didn’t have that gun I’d cut you up real good,” Kyle said remembering something a man outside his house said to him this week.

Kyle said he’s just exercising his second amendment rights and is always responsible with guns. But parents said it still makes them uneasy with it being so close to a school.

“We’re a little upset and I’m scared parents are going to take it into their own hands, that makes it worse,” Badders added.

Kyle said what’s out online is misinformation. He said the only thing he feels he needs to apologize for is an argument he had with a woman over parking.

“People have the right to think what they want and believe what they want but just because I have a firearm, I’m not a bad person,” Kyle said. “Mainly I just want people to know I’m not a bad person and for the lady that I had the confrontation with, I apologize, didn’t mean to call you a name I was just trying to have you move because you were blocking my driveway.”

Officials with the Wichita School District said they are aware of the situation and parent’s concerns, however, they have no reports of the man pointing the gun at anyone or making any threats. They also spoke with police who confirm the man has the right to carry the gun openly.