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From Joyous Celebration to the Joint: Parent Facing Gun Charge Following Graduation Ceremony

June 11, 2024 7:30p 

(WGTD)---For one Kenosha parent, a night of joy at Kenosha Unified’s graduation ceremony for students who earned a high school equivalency degree ended with a trip to jail.

The 30-year-old woman is facing charges of possession of a firearm on the grounds of a school and carrying a concealed weapon.

She wouldn’t have found herself in such a predicament had she not left her purse with a gun inside sitting out in the open unattended in a commons area of Indian Trail—the school where the Monday night ceremony was held.

The purse, which also included a wallet with ID, was picked up and turned in by a school district staffer.

The woman-- still in the school—was quickly located and confronted.

According to the criminal complaint, she admitted to bringing the purse with the gun into the building, saying she did so--knowing full well that she shouldn't-- because she couldn’t lock her car doors and was afraid that the gun might be stolen. The woman told police she had no intention of hurting anyone and carried it for protection.

According to the complaint, the defendant was granted a measure of grace by the arresting officers. Instead of parading her past graduates and other parents, officers escorted her to a squad car that was parked out back.

The woman has already posted the $1,000 bond.