School bus argument turns violent leaving one mother dead, another in jail

School bus argument turns violent leaving one mother dead, another in jail

The victim
The victim

It was another case of parents in need of parenting, but this time the outcome was deadly. Bluefield, W.Va., NBC affiliate WVVA (h/t The Blaze) reports that an argument that started last Thursday between two students on a school bus intensified when the girls’ mothers became involved. By the time the smoke had cleared (literally), one of the two women lay dead, the other behind bars, charged with first-degree murder.

The fatal shooting occurred around 10 p.m. The two adult women involved, Judith Kowaleski and Elizabeth Slagle, had exchanged phone calls and texts regarding the disagreement between their daughters and agreed to meet to settle their differences. Both came armed, Slagle with a “Taser-like weapon,” Kowaleski with a gun.

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According to a criminal complaint obtained by WVVA, Kowaleski told police Slagle had been the aggressor. She maintains that Slagle tased both her and an aunt who had accompanied her, after which a scuffle ensued. Kowaleski further insists that she was trying to get Slagle off her when the gun discharged.

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The complaint includes testimony by a witness who happened on the scene and states that the two women were administering CPR to the victim.

Slagle was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Kowaleski was arraigned Friday morning and is being held without bond.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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