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Mom charged after daughter takes loaded gun to Chatham school

Posted November 8, 2012

— A Chatham County woman was charged Thursday after her daughter took a loaded gun to school, authorities said.

The 10-year-old had the .45-caliber handgun in her bookbag before classes at North Chatham School, authorities said. There is no evidence that she took the weapon to school to harm anyone, they said.

Still, a Chatham County Sheriff's Office school resource officer and school administrators met with the family and took appropriate disciplinary action, authorities said.

Her mother, Idre Tania Moreno, 28, of 219 Highland Drive North in Chapel Hill, was charged with misdemeanor failure to secure firearms.

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  • reman069 Nov 9, 3:47 p.m.

    And to clarify, when I said I wanted to know "her" intentions I was referring to the 10 year old and not the mother. Was the girl bringing the gun to show and tell? I don't know and neither does anyone else - let's get the facts first is what I was saying.

  • piene2 Nov 9, 3:31 p.m.

    "I hope they dig a little deeper into this...a 10 year old is wise enough to know that taking a gun to school is not allowed. What was she up to???
    sammyg"

    What was she up to? She most likely knows how to read, does she not? If not she surely knows how to watch television. So what does she read and see? She reads and sees a steady stream of six gun packing Yahoos exulting the benefits of packing six guns. all she did was to emulate the behavior of those around her. As I said earlier, send her to bed without her dessert and forget all about the whole trivial incident. Later on when she shoots up a theater, church or some such there will be plenty of time to address what she learned as a child.

  • reman069 Nov 9, 3:00 p.m.

    junkmail5 - who said she gave unsupervised access to a firearm? The mother was sited for failure to secure. Do you know how this firearm was stored? You make it sound as if she left it lying on the couch next to the remote. It could have easily been stored with a gunlock at the top of a closet and the key was found. I don't know if you've ever had kids but they do have a tendency to get into things. Again, I do not condone the action but pretending you know all the details and are willing to judge others is scary in itself.

  • junkmail5 Nov 9, 1:33 p.m.

    I would like to know more of her motivations before demonizing the parent though.
    reman069

    What motivation can you think of that would justify giving a 10 year old unsupervised access to a firearm and the ability to take it to school with them?

  • reman069 Nov 9, 12:54 p.m.

    Two years ago my wife starting yelling to me from downstairs that a guy was beating a woman in front of the house. I ran out and the guy took off but not before he beat the living hell out of this woman. I wife called the cops and it took about 40 minutes for them to arrive. My neighbors did not poke their heads out until the cops had pulled up. By this time I was livid. If your thinking to yourselves that this happened in the sticks - I live on the border between Raleigh and Cary. I told the wife then and there that we are protecting ourselves. My wife, my kids and myself have all been familiarized with firearms now. The kids are teenagers and as such have been instructed on the responsible handling of these firearms. Do I condone a 10 year old bringing a firearm to school - absolutely not. I would like to know more of her motivations before demonizing the parent though.

  • kimsstressed Nov 9, 12:45 p.m.

    A child that age knows guns are not allowed in school. I'm glad it appears she did not intend to "harm" anyone, but not too long ago, a child took a loaded gun to school, it accidentally went off, shot a classmate, eventually causing the classmate's death. They are charging the mother, but have not said how the child will be dealt with for taking a firearm on to school property. Is there a state mandated punishment for such? It would have been nice if this article contained a little more information... As a parent of school aged children, I would want as much information as allowed before feeling secure enough to send my child back to the school...

  • sammyg Nov 9, 12:39 p.m.

    I hope they dig a little deeper into this...a 10 year old is wise enough to know that taking a gun to school is not allowed. What was she up to???

  • ripetomatoes Nov 9, 12:28 p.m.

    Blame the mother or blame the child.
    A gun is an inanimate object.
    People have a wide variety of weapons available.
    What an irresponsible parent.

  • junkmail5 Nov 9, 10:31 a.m.

    your comments have nothing what's so ever to do with the subject at hand, but thank you for playing anyway.
    piene2

    To be fair, neither do yours so far.

    responsible gun owners secure their firearms. irresponsible ones like this mother get charged with crimes, and rightly so.

  • piene2 Nov 9, 10:16 a.m.

    "@piene2

    It's "dessert". And by the way, if it was a 45 it's pretty unlikely it was a "six gun". Probably a semi-automatic instead. Good day
    holland103"

    Whom cares what sort of gun it was? A gun is a gun and your comments have nothing what's so ever to do with the subject at hand, but thank you for playing anyway.

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