A North Carolina school district is investigating after a teacher allegedly pulled out a gun during a possible road rage incident at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
According to the Morganton Department of Public Safety, an unidentified Burke County Public Schools elementary teacher was apparently cut off at a drive-thru in Morganton, N.C. on Monday.
After the two drivers got into a heated argument following the incident, the teacher reportedly called authorities and pulled out her gun when the other female driver left her vehicle and began walking toward her car.
While on the phone with emergency operators, the teacher said she placed her firearm on her car dashboard after feeling threatened by the other driver as she approached her car, ABC 11 reported.
"So all I did was look at her when she proceeds to jump out of her car, come at my car cussing me, threatening me," the unidentified teacher said in the call, according to ABC11. "I've got a concealed carry...so I felt threatened."
However, the other driver, Zahra Jolicouer, challenged the teacher’s account. Jolicouer told Charlotte news station WSOC-TV the gun was already out before she exited her vehicle. She says she left the car and approached the teacher to protect her children.
“I look over to this woman and she’s waving this gun like so in the direction of my vehicle where I have three toddler children,” the mother told the news station.
While concealed carry is legal in North Carolina, the owner must have a permit and complete a state-approved firearms training course. Whether the teacher had the necessary permit and training is unclear.
After Burke County Public Schools was notified of the situation, the district’s human resource department launched an investigation into the matter.
“We take concerns involving our employees very seriously. Our Human Resources department is looking into the situation, but because it involves an employee, it is a confidential employee matter,” reads a statement obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle from Burke County Public Schools.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety told Yahoo Lifestyle that at this time, no criminal charges have been filed against either driver.
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