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A mother in St. Louis, Missouri, went into protection mode
when she pulled a loaded handgun on a group of teenagers threatening her son. According to the Daily Mail, Tracy and Don Leeser received a text from their 15-year-old son Brett, asking
them for help. Tracy brought a gun, and Don brought a baseball bat to defend
Three teenage boys, Jack Herren and brothers Tyrelle and
Terrence Ware, were harassing Brett. The feud began when two teenage girls got
into a fight outside of the Leeser's house. Don Leeser tried to break up the
fight and ended up chasing after Terrence Ware with a knife. The boys then
ganged up on Don's son at the park, and he sent the SOS text to his parents.
Tracy Leeser and the boys yelled profanities at each other
while Tyrelle Ware filmed the encounter. Tracy can be heard screaming, "Get the
f**k away from my kid!"
Police eventually arrived on the scene to break up the
fight. No one was hurt, and the gun was not fired.
"Did I intend to use the gun? Absolutely not," Tracy
Leeser told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But I felt that was my only
safeguard against being killed that night. Worst-case scenario, yes, I would
have used it. But I didn't."
Police are investigating the incident, but no charges have
been made against the Leesers. Tracy and Don stand by their decision to bring
weapons to defend their son.
Their home was recently vandalized when someone fired rounds
of BB gun pellets through their front window while their 8-year-old daughter
was asleep on the couch nearby. She was uninjured, and the Ware brothers deny
"I will do what I have to do to protect my family," Don
Leeser said. "I will let the law try to do their job first, but I'm not going
to let my wife and kids get hurt."