UPDATE: Woman charged with bringing loaded gun in bag to kindergartener

Crime & Safety

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — Lumberton police have identified a woman arrested after a kindergarten student in Robeson County was found with a loaded gun at school.

The loaded handgun was found by a teacher in a student’s bag at Tanglewood Elementary School Monday morning, Glen Burnette said.

Capt. Terry Parker with the Lumberton Police Department told News13 Sandy Miller was charged with with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

“District administrators are deeply troubled by this incident due to the age of the student and what could have taken place if the teacher did not take proper action once discovering the handgun,” Burnette said to News13 in a statement.

On Wednesday, Burnette said a child went to a classroom without a backpack and the mom called a relative to go home and get the bag to bring to the school. The relative, Miller, allegedly picked up the wrong bag and that bag had the loaded gun in it.

The teacher found the gun in the bag during snack time and no one — not even the child who’s bag the gun was in — ever saw the gun or were alerted to it, Burnette said.

The district encourages parents who own guns to keep them in a secured location out of reach of students.

This is the fourth known incident of a student in the Public Schools of Robeson County being found with a gun in school since late August.

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