Parents raise concerns after bat-wielding woman in underwear gets in school

Parents raise concerns after bat-wielding woman in underwear gets in school
Suspect Chesie Lawton told police she had diabetes issues. (Photo Source: SCSO)
Suspect Chesie Lawton told police she had diabetes issues. (Photo Source: SCSO)

(WMC) - Westside Elementary parents are raising multiple concerns a day after police say a bat-wielding woman wearing only underwear got into the school the school Tuesday morning.

"The school didn't notify any parents," said parent Toni Fink. "No way, form or fashion," she added.

Memphis police say a scantily-clad woman entered the school cafeteria through an unlocked door, wielding a baseball bat.

"First of all, how did she get into the building without being noticed?" asked another parent.

Eventually, 23 year-old Chesie Lawton was noticed and school staff removed her from the cafeteria before children started arriving for lunch. Police say she was screaming and acting franticly.

That's also how neighbors say she acted minutes earlier. One of them even got cell phone video of her.

"And, you know, I've been seeing her around here, you know, but didn't think she'd do something like that," said neighbor Monprel Franklin.

Neighbors said Lawton broke into the window of a nearby house before entering the school.

"All exterior doors are designed to lock automatically when pulled shut; however, it appears someone who used the door accidentally failed to shut it completely," said a Shelby County Schools spokesperson.

Fink says the intruder could have easily been someone with ill intent.

"I understand they had everything under control, handled," said Fink. "But I still wanted to know," she added.

Suspect Chesie Lawton told police she had diabetes issues. She was charged with criminal trespass.

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