A Monroeville woman has been taken into custody after her 6-year-old son found a loaded .45-caliber handgun in his school backpack this morning at Ramsey Elementary.
Police said the boy immediately notified his kindergarten teacher who then contacted authorities.
"He did the correct thing," Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said of the child.
No one was injured.
Monroeville police subsequently searched an apartment in their municipality and took the boy's mother, Stephanie Lynn Roth, into custody. Chief Cole said Ms. Roth was charged with recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia. All the charges are misdemeanors
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said his office also will consider filing a dependency petition to ensure that the child's well-being is evaluated.
Once the teacher was made aware of the gun, a school resource officer who typically works out of the high school immediately came to the elementary school.
As a precaution, Gateway Superintendent Nina Zetty has now banned backpacks in kindergarten through fourth grade until the end of this school year. The issue will be revisited before the fall.
First Published April 30, 2014 12:12 PM