The president of the Santa Rosa, Florida teachers union is facing criminal charges after she allegedly fired a gun at a woman last week.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home of Santa Rosa Professional Educators President Rhonda Chavers in Milton by a woman who alleged the school leader fired several rounds at her with a handgun, the Navarre Press reports.
The woman told police she was standing in Chavers’ front yard with her husband when Chavers came home in a vehicle and ordered her off the property. The woman said she was complying when Chavers fired off three bullets, including two that were “just over her head,” according to the police report cited by the Pensacola News Journal.
“A witness says she saw Chavers pointing the gun at a 45-degree angle to the sky after the shots were fired,” WKRG reports.
The union president was ultimately arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill.
She was booked into Santa Rosa County Jail with a $1,000 bond and released the same day, according to the News Journal.
Santa Rosa Professional Educators has not acknowledged Chavers arrest on its website or active Facebook page. Chavers’ social media accounts are not active. The union was affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, “A Union of Professionals,” but split from state and national unions in 2015, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
“Santa Rosa Education Association was started by members of SRPE who were concerned with the lack of information and notice about SRPE’s proposed disaffiliation with its state and national affiliates,” according to a FAQ on the SREA website.
“These members sought assistance from (Florida Education Association) to facilitate a resolution with SRPE to remain affiliated. Santa Rosa EA is affiliated with the state and national associations – Florida Education Association (FEA), National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT).”
Chavers’ SRPE won a union election in 2017 to remain the district’s collective bargaining agent, but faced possible decertification last year when less than half of the district’s 2.055 instructional employees opted for representation, according to the Santa Rosa Press Gazette.