Child Accidentally Brings Gun To Chinatown School

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The child of a retired New York City police officer accidentally brought a loaded gun to school in her backpack after her mother put it there and forgot about it.

Police were called to the Transfiguration School in Chinatown on Tuesday morning. The little girl had a .25-caliber pistol in her backpack, but did not realize it was there.

Police say the mother, a retired officer, doesn’t know why she put the gun inside the backpack, but had forgotten about it when she sent her daughter off to school.

There’s no indication the child knew the gun was inside the backpack.

The NYPD is doing an internal investigation. No one was injured. No arrests were made.

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  • Rick

    I’d bet the farm that the kid took the gun to school, the mother is covering for the kid, and the cops are covering for one of their own.

  • BubbaDaKang

    Wow…I wish I had the luxury to do stupid s#!? Like that and not wind up in prison…crazy that it was a .25 that fits right in a childs little hand…I know because I bought a pair of them for my little girls…they may be 8 and 10 but they’re very responsible and know not to point them at each other or else I’ll take them away

  • Nato Jenkins

    The letter of the law must be preserved!

    The child MUST be charged with illegal possession of a handgun – if the gun was inside the backpack and the child was in control of the backpack, then the gun charged must stick to the child.

    Consideration should be given to charge the child as an adult. I’d like to see the gun charge stick for a while!

  • Bklyn

    Why hasn’t this mother been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor? This is disgraceful.

  • Bklyn mom

    Was she drunk or something? Why in the world would ANYONE put a gun inside a child’s backpack? Thank God it didn’t go off!

  • Tom2020

    And this police officers is just the tip of the iceberg, the body of the iceberg extends down to a place called, One Police Plaza, NYC. Police HQ, is larger than the iceberg, duh!

  • gotacomment

    “Police say the mother, a retired officer, doesn’t know why she put the gun inside the backpack, but had forgotten about it when she sent her daughter off to school.” She doesn’t know why she put the gun inside the backpack? She’s an adult and a former MOS. She’s supposed to know why–and remember where she left it..

  • Civilian

    What did people really expect to happen? It’s a cop’s gun and they have immunity. They have immunity from everything. Get over it !

  • Sarah

    That “mother” should lose her child and her freedom on the streets.

  • nypj

    no charges? reckless endangerment? endangering the welfare of a child? seriously who does this person know in power that there are no pending charges for such a reckless act?

  • SWATK9

    That’s a bunch of bull. The gun should always be locked up. NO EXCUSES.

    • doc in NJ

      well said.

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