12/19/2012 01:50 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2012

Monica Avila, Denver Mom, Allegedly Confronts Her Daughter's Middle School Bullies With A Gun

A Denver mother who says her daughter was being bullied at Lake Middle School has been formally charged for menacing students with a gun.

Monica Avila, 34, was charged Tuesday with four counts of menacing and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds, both felonies.

According to the Denver District Attorney's Office, Avila confronted four girls aged 13 and 14 in the middle school's parking lot last Thursday -- one day before the Sandy Hook shooting -- and began arguing with them about bullying. She allegedly showed the girls a black semi-automatic handgun and said "Look what I have."

"Fearing for their lives, [the students] backed away from Ms. Avila," the official statement of probable cause states. The girls alerted adults and called 911, leading to Avila's arrest.

Avila remains in custody with a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Thursday to be formally advised of her charges.



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