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Another Lesson On Why It's a Really Bad Idea to Fake Having a Gun Outside a School

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If you are looking to be arrested, one surefire way to go is to pretend you have a gun while hanging around near a school. Case in point, the unidentified man arrested Friday for waving a "simulated" weapon at passing cars outside an elementary school in Glendale.The suspect is a man whose child is enrolled at Glenoaks Elementary School where the incident took place, according to the Glendale News-Press. Witnesses called authorities to say they'd spotted the man standing outside the school and "simulated a weapon and pointed it at passing cars."

The man was approached by the school principal, who had already see to it the campus was locked down. The principal describes the suspect as being "hostile" to the staff, and as trying to obtain access to the school by attempting to enter the fenced campus.

When officers with the Glendale Police Department arrived on scene, the suspect fled, and led authorities on a foot chase that ended on Glenoaks Boulevard at the Glendale (2) Freeway underpass. During the chase, the suspect peeled off layers of his clothing and discarded them as he ran.

It is not known why the parent was threatening motorists or causing a scene at the campus, and police say the suspect will be evaluated to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if he suffers from any mental condition.