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Costa Mesa Parent Draws BB Gun on School Administrator

March 14, 2013

Fred Thiagarajah

A Costa Mesa resident and parent of an Estancia High School student pled not guilty to five different charges filed against him.  According to the Farrah Emami an Orange County District Attorney’s spokeswoman, Michael Burke McHugh, 45, was arrested and charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, criminal threats, threat of injury to a public officer or school official, possession of a weapon on school grounds, and a misdemeanor count for disregarding a 2010 court order.

On February 15, 2013, Costa Mesa Police arrested Mr. McHugh after he engaged in an argument with the schools assistant principal and then proceeded to pull out a BB gun at Estancia High School.  Mr. McHugh became confrontational when a school administrator discovered that there was a 100-yard restraining order against him that prohibited close contact with his daughter (a minor and student at Estancia High).  While the incident did cause the school to go into lockdown mode, fortunately, for the school and its students, no one was injured.

If convicted on all charges, Mr. McHugh faces six years in prison, Emami said.  Mr. McHugh is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department records.

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