Lubbock police say they arrested a man Monday morning who set his mother on fire before attacking a teacher and superintendent at the nearby Rise Academy charter school.
No children in the school were harmed, school staff said, and classes continued on schedule.
Police said George James Bradley, 32, entered the school with a knife shortly before 9 a.m. Monday and he held four workers in an office at knifepoint before forcing a third grade teacher into a small office.
"She was terribly, terribly shaken," said Superintendent Richard Baumgartner, founder of the charter school. "Fortunately a teacher got word to me that this individual held up the office," said Baumgartner.
Police said Bradley was trying to sexually assault the teacher, and that's when Baumgartner broke down the locked door, distracting Bradley and preventing the sexual assault. "He was more aggressive and said he would kill her. We had a stand off in the office, and he came at me with a knife. Fortunately I just got a scrape," he said.
After authorities arrived, Bradley dropped his knife and was arrested by a Lubbock Fire Marshal, one of the first responders to the scene. The teacher escaped unharmed.
A few minutes earlier, emergency crews responded to a call that a woman was on fire at the nearby Stonehollow Apartments, 1510 East Cornell, Apartment 524.
"It was an awful outcry and she ran to my apartment and someone banged on my apartment and I saw she was on fire," said Tommy Torres, the victim's next-door neighbor.
Torres says Bertha Bradley was doused in gasoline and set on fire by her son, George Bradley. She ran outside and tried to roll around to put the fire out. Neighbors helped extinguish the flames with water.
Torres says Bradley lived with his mother on and off, and it wasn't unusual for Bradley to threaten his mom. He had done so just eight months earlier, Torres said.
Bertha Bradley was transported to the University Medical Center in critical but stable condition with extensive burns.
George Bradley is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and attempted aggravated sexual assault.
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