Mom caught on camera carrying rifle at son's bus stop says she meant no harm

A mother in Stanly County, North Carolina, caught on camera holding a rifle at her son's school bus stop said she meant no harm.

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WSOC-TV talked to the mom, who did not want to show her face during the interview.

She said her 11-year-old son, who attends North Stanly Middle School, texted her saying he was being bullied by a classmate on the bus.

Before the bus arrived, the mother said she saw dangerous animals coming out of the woods near her home, so she grabbed her gun.

"If they were here, they would have seen coyotes on my property," she said. "I was scaring coyotes off. When I was coming back up to my house is when the bus pulled up."

When the bus driver called her over to talk about what happened on the bus, she said she still had the rifle in her hand and someone recorded her.

"I would not hurt nobody else's child because I wouldn't want it done to my child," the mother said.

Stanly County deputies said the woman didn't assault anyone, point the gun or make any threats, so she will not be charged.

"Obviously, we're gonna suggest no one take a gun to a bus stop to pick up a child, but as far as criminal, we can't find a crime here," Chris Huneycutt, with the Stanly County Sheriff's Office, said.

Regarding the bullying claim, school officials said they investigated and appropriate action was taken.

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