When someone picks a fight with your child it is natural to be angry. A rational parent then realizes that our job is not to act out, but instead to address the issue like a responsible adult. In yet another seriously disturbing act of violence and piss poor parenting, two women in West Virginia met on a deserted street Thursday night for an old fashioned duel to settle a fight between their children. Oh, West Virginia… John Denver would not be amused.
It started with a school bus fight between two children, described as “best of friends”. Later that day 42-year-old Judith Kowaleski and 42-year old Elizabeth Slagle, the mothers of the children, began a series of text messages and a phone call each arguing their child’s side. Shortly after 9 PM that evening, Elizabeth Slagle was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound.
At some point during the exchange, Kowaleski passed the phone off to her aunt, perhaps due to dry mouth or a sudden urge to use the facilities, but not wanting to seem rude? Text messages continued. One can only imagine what transpired in the span of time that the aunt was manning the phone. According to The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, when it was said and done, Kowaleski’s aunt ”told her they were going to meet Elizabeth and they were going to settle this once and for all.”
Perhaps it is just this writer’s opinion, but if I am told that I need to meet someone I’ve been arguing with and feel I need to take a weapon for protection, I am not inclined to go at all. Apparently, Kowaleski was of a different mind. Instead of saying, “Oh hell no. She’s mad!” Kowaleski grabbed her handgun and headed down the street. Slagle was not unarmed, though. She came prepared with a taser, because that seemed wise? Isn’t that sort of like taking a knife to a gun fight, really.
Kowaleski claims that during the street side argument, Slagle threatened that she had a gun and would shoot her. When Kowaleski attempted to leave, Slagle ran after her with a taser and struck her in the neck. During the scuffle that ensued, Kowaleski attempted to break free and her own gun went off, striking Slagle.
Fortunately, there is an eye witness. George Slagle was on the scene. George is Judith Kowaleski’s boyfriend and Elizabeth Slagle’s brother-in-law. It’s all seeming a little Jerry Springer-like isn’t it? Kowaleski is being held without bond while waiting for her preliminary hearing.