A Chicago mother was charged after her 8-year-old child brought a gun to school and accidentally shot and injured another student Wednesday.
Tatanina Kelly appeared in court Wednesday where she was charged with three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. The incident occurred at Disney Magnet School around 10 a.m. Tuesday. When the gun, which was in the child’s backpack, was discharged by accident the bullet struck the ground and ricocheted, grazing the stomach of a classmate.
A teacher turned the backpack over to school security officers, who discovered it contained a Glock 19 handgun. The 8-year-old boy said he had found his mother’s gun under her bed.
Judge Michael Hogan Wednesday said the act was “supremely negligent,” in a response to Kelly’s attorney saying his client didn’t “plan” the incident at her son’s school.
“This may not have been an intentional act, but it is a supremely negligent act,” Hogan said. “We are inches away, possibly centimeters away, from a very different case and a very different tragedy.”
Chicago Public Schools district officials have been in touch with the families affected by the incident and counseling has been made available to students. The 7-year-old student who was grazed by the bullet was taken to the hospital in good condition.
Kelly has been released on a $1,000 bond.