An argument near a south Nashville school bus stop Monday morning was so frightening Metro Nashville Public Schools officials are stepping in and making changes to protect students.
About 20 students wait each day at the corner of Lutie and Jay streets for their bus to Cameron Middle School.
The man who lives in the home at that intersection, Guy Viengsamay Rajasombath, has become upset with the kids for standing on his property, and Monday that frustration escalated.
"In the last two or three days last week, my son comes in the house and tells me he's been assaulted by the man across the street with a water hose and getting hit in the head with rocks," said Troy Bennett, parent of one of the students. "We'd never done nothing at that point. I didn't want to get involved."
However, Bennett did get involved Monday when his three boys ran into his bedroom and said there's a fight.
Bennett said he headed straight for Rajasombath's house, and took off his belt for self-defense, when he claims Rajasombath, 39, came out of the house with a semi-automatic gun.
"Pointed the Uzi at me, clicked it, a shell shot out of the side - I don't know if it got lodged or what - and we all come out here at the same time," Bennett said. "His wife dialed 911, and my wife dialed 911, and the police and the news people show up."
Police arrested Rajasombath for aggravated assault and took his weapon - which wasn't an Uzi, rather a 9mm gun called a MAC-10, which is legal to own just not legal to use when threatening someone at a school bus stop.
"Yes, I want to take the man to court. I don't want to, because I'm scared of the retaliation, but the law's telling me I have to," Bennett said. "I want to move. I want to go back to where I come from. I don't live this lifestyle. I don't like this. It's not a good environment to raise your kids in."
Metro Schools is changing the bus stop immediately. School officials said just by moving those kids to a different corner will help diffuse the tension between the neighborhood families.
Police confiscated the gun involved in Monday's dispute and were allowed to search the house. They said the gun was not loaded, and there was neither a clip nor a single bullet found on the premises.
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