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Mom charged after boy takes loaded gun to school

Posted January 27, 2010

— The mother of a 7-year-old boy accused of taking a loaded gun to school Tuesday was charged in the case Wednesday, authorities said.

Rachella Shanee Saunders, 27, of 722 Alexwood Drive in Hope Mills, was charged with storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor, a misdemeanor offense. She was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

The boy, who is a student at Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School, on Legion Road in Fayetteville, was detained Tuesday afternoon. The case was turned over to the Office of Juvenile Justice in Cumberland County.

Investigators said they believe he hid the gun in his book bag before leaving home Tuesday morning and managed to keep it hidden until after lunchtime.

Authorities were called to the school Tuesday afternoon, after the student allegedly threatened others.

No one was injured in the incident.


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  • AtALost Jan 28, 2010

    Oh, and for those of you banking on a gunvault or similar safe keeping your gun secure, search for videos on youtube. Do your research so this doesn't happen to you.

  • AtALost Jan 28, 2010

    Kids are very resourceful and observant so the fact it wasn't on the kitchen table means nothing. As a parent, it's your responsibility to protect your kids and secure dangerous items. Having said that, I'm sure most kids could sneak a knife to school since parents don't typically secure their kitchen utensils. But a loaded gun can do more harm than a knife so the law is the way it is. The lack of common and book sense is the way it is too. Nice to know these parents usually have the most kids.

  • happiness9801 Jan 28, 2010

    Reallllllly????? She has the nerve to cry? Are you for real. I feel sorry for the kids the he threatened. It could have turned out devastating!!!!! Obviously the child is an innocent victim of circumstances that he should have NEVER been brought into the world in the enviroment he has been cursed with. This is yet another demonstation as to why women should have a license to have a child.

  • SatelliteBgan Jan 28, 2010

    Here we go again... It must be someone else's fault. Guess the Mom has not been introduced to the word "Responsibility".

  • ambidextrous cat Jan 28, 2010

    Most people should not own guns, because most people are not responsible.

  • CJZMOM Jan 28, 2010

    My heart does go out to the Mom, her son, and the other students who may have been threaten in this situation. Once our children leave for school, we can never be 100% certain of what they will do. However, we do need to be certain of what we instill in them. I really hate the thought of other children having to witness this. Things like this never happened to me-even in high school. It's just sad all the way around. My prayers will always be for the saftey of schools, for it could have been far worse. Let's be thankful.

  • SPEAK 1 Jan 28, 2010

    She made a mistake.. He made a mistake.. Has anyone asked the question Why,this child felt the need to bring a loaded gun to school. ???

  • whiskers on kitten Jan 28, 2010

    Seenenuff why do you feel sorry for the mother?

    She brought this on herself. If a parent is going to have a gun in there house, then they need to make sure that no one, for one can get to the gun and if they do it needs to be locked so that someone does not accidently get injured .

  • xsummachicax Jan 28, 2010

    Why is she crying in her picture? She did this to her self. She is lucky her son didn't hurt anyone, or else she would really be crying!

  • Seenenuff Jan 28, 2010

    I feel sorry for the mother but don't think the charge was inappropriate. Many single mothers are caught between a rock and a hard place. I can assure you that at 7 years old I could have easily found a gun in a "hiding place," but doubt seriously if I would've been dumb enough to take it out of the house to school.