State Senator Don Shooter barges into Yuma classroom, apologizes

YUMA, AZ - A Yuma school is considering hiring armed guards after an influential state senator barged into a classroom and verbally threatened a teacher over a dispute involving his teenage grandson.

Police are investigating Republican Sen. Don Shooter after school officials say he marched into the high school for troubled teenagers after being denied entry on March 22.

John Morales is the executive director of the nonprofit Yuma Private Industry Council that oversees the school.

Morales said school officials will discuss hiring armed guards to prevent future unwanted visitors.

He said students, teachers and administrators were alarmed by the intrusion.

Shooter called the school principal Monday and apologized, Morales said.

Shooter could not be reached for comment.

He's a tea party leader who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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