A Class 2 student in Chicago brought a gun to school where it accidentally dropped and stole a classmate, ABC7 The report further states that the eight-year-old boy found the gun under his mother’s bed.
The 28-year-old woman, accused of endangering children, appeared in court on Wednesday. A judge has ordered the woman to be released from a Cook County jail on a 1,000 bond, but not before sentencing her.
“We’re inches away, perhaps centimeters away, from a different case and a very different tragedy.” Chicago Sun-Times Judge Michael Hogan quoted the woman as saying.
The incident took place at Walt Disney Magnet School on Tuesday morning. Police said the bag was in the boy’s classroom when the gun went out just before 10am.
During the court hearing, lawyers said the bullet hit the ground, hit a seven-year-old boy in the abdomen and left. Chicago Sun-Times.
The boy was taken to a local hospital, the report said.
After the incident, teachers handed the student’s bag to school security officials, who found a Glock 19 handgun inside.
Lawyers said the woman had a valid firearms license Chicago Sun-Times.
Defense attorneys pleaded for the woman’s release, arguing that it was a “one-time event, not a recurrence.”
The angry judge, however, countered that this was a “gross negligence” and hoped that people would take it seriously.
He added that this indicates that the gun was easily accessible and was not stored in a way that prevented the boy from getting a loaded gun.