An Augusta mom was arrested Wednesday after her 5-year-old son showed up at Southside Elementary School with a loaded gun in his bookbag.
According to a warrant, 22-year-old Quiniquetta Cole actually placed the semi-automatic handgun in her son’s bookbag Monday night. And he took it to pre-K the next day!
She was arrested Wednesday but had bonded out by Thursday, according to jail records.
According to school spokesman Kaden Jacobs, the student’s mother had placed the gun in the backpack in order to move and forgot to remove it before the child went to school.
A letter to parents from Southside Principal Tonya Bradburn says that a teacher discovered the gun and immediately reported it to administration and school police.
“Please take this opportunity to speak to your child about the importance of school safety and the appropriateness of items they bring to school,” Bradburn told parents.
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