From The Free Lance-Star: Mother charged in school gun case:
The mother of a 4-year-old Bowling Green Primary School student who authorities said brought a gun to school last week, was charged Saturday.
Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said the woman, who was not named to protect the identity of her child, was charged with recklessly leaving a firearm so as to endanger a child under the age of 14, which is a class 3 misdemeanor.
Lippa said the mother told police she kept the gun loaded and in plain sight for protection for the child and herself.
He said a lesson should be learned from the incident and parents should remember to separate ammo and guns and to get gun locks, which are free at the Sheriff’s Office, for their guns.
He said however, that he understands there’s a tradeoff for those who want their gun for immediate use, such as protection, as in this case.
Lippa said he was not sure whether the woman would face any additional charges, but he said she will go to court on at least the one charge Feb. 26. She was charged in a summons.
The loaded pistol was found in the boy’s possession last Thursday when a fellow student spotted it and told a teacher.
The police were then called, the report taken and the gun confiscated, according to previous police reports.
Lippa said it’s important to remember and be thankful that no one was hurt.
“We avoided a tragedy,” he said.