Neighbor Charged After Boy Brings Loaded Gun to School

Woman arrested after a 7-year-old showed off a loaded gun to classmates Monday

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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Neighbor Charged After Boy Brings Loaded Gun to School

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A first-grade student brought a loaded handgun to John F. Reynolds Elementary School Monday morning, police say.

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The neighbor of a 7-year-old boy who brought a loaded handgun to his North Philadelphia school has been arrested, police tell NBC10.

Latanya Pressley, 32, admitted it was her gun that the first-grader carried into John F. Reynolds Elementary School Monday morning, Philadelphia Police told NBC10's Daralene Jones.

Investigators told NBC10's Daralene Jones the gun, which was reported stolen from Williamsport, Pa., was allegedly taken by the boy from underneath the couch of Pressley's Jusdon Way home. 

Police say the first-grader had the loaded .357-caliber gun in his backpack and was showing it to fellow students in the cafeteria. A classmate alerted a school officer about the handgun, which was found around 8:15 a.m.

The Philadelphia School District says the boy was taken to the school's office where the gun was secured. He has been suspended pending an investigation.

A School District spokesman tells NBC10 John F. Reynolds doesn’t have any metal detectors.

Pressley is charged with Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act.

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