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Mother Plays with Toy Gun

By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

April 19
10:08pm

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (AP) _ A Tennessee woman has been banned from her child's school after officials say she pointed a toy gun at
students and pulled the trigger.

And now, police say she'll be facing a misdemeanor assault
charge.

The incident happened Tuesday, a day after the massacre at
Virginia Tech. The elementary school is in northeast Tennessee,
near the Virginia border.

Officials say the woman walked into her child's kindergarten
class and pointed a small western-style cap pistol directly at
students. A staffer reported hearing the clicking sounds of a
trigger several times.

The woman then left with her child and the school called police.

School officials say the woman cannot return to the school for a
year. They say she has since she has apologized, saying she hadn't
meant any harm.

If convicted, the 26-year-old woman could face up to a year in
prison.


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