A 64-year-old man was arrested on Monday morning after he pulled out a gun at the Ada Negri school in Naples, La Repubblica reported.
The man, who is from Casal di Principe in the southern province of Caserta, was spotted at the school last Friday where he was accosted by a member of staff and told to leave. However, he was not reported to police.
According to reports, the man reentered the school on Monday morning as parents were dropping off their children.
Suspicious parents surrounded the man and he was stopped from escaping by Giuseppe Russo, the father of a child at the school.
The man then pulled out a gun and pointed it at Russo’s stomach, before the father managed to disarm him.
“I acted like a father,” Russo was quoted as saying. “I didn’t think about him pointing a pistol at my stomach and saying he wanted to kill me. I thought only of my son.
“My wife called me. As soon as I got there, I saw that [the parents] were blocking him until the police arrived. He took out a pistol that he had behind his back and pointed it at my stomach. I ripped it from his hands and disarmed him.”
No one was injured.
The man was arrested and taken in for police questioning, during which he said that he had been looking for a teacher at the school called Giovanna.
However, no teacher at the school with that name claimed to know him.