The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

April 18, 2014

Priest: Decision is up to mother on child's return to class

ANDERSON — A day after a mother pulled out a gun at a school meeting, school officials said it’s up to the parent whether her child returns to class.

According to St. Mary’s pastor, Monsignor Robert Sell, 8-year-old Dallas McAllister wasn’t at school on Thursday, and his mother, Bonnie Trahan, had made no communication to the school since she was arrested on Wednesday. Trahan, 27, faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm on school property after she brought a .40-caliber Glock pistol to a morning meeting with administrators at the school and threw the fully-loaded gun on a table.

In an interview with The Herald Bulletin after she made bail, Trahan said she had asked for the meeting because she was worried about her son’s safety, forgot she was carrying the gun and didn’t think she had done anything wrong.

“They are lucky it was me and not someone with intent,” Trahan said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the 8 a.m. conference featured Trahan, her son, her brother Kirt Trahan, Principal Elisha Schlabach and Assistant Principal Amanda Granger. During the meeting, Trahan made reference to the fact she was carrying a gun and how easy it was to bring it into the school. She then threw it down onto a table in front of the group.

Schlabach told police she was startled and immediately asked Trahan to leave. Trahan grabbed her gun and left. Kirt Trahan allegedly began arguing and cursed at the administrators as the group left the building.

Trahan said she went home, dropped off the gun, then came back to the school to try to explain her behavior. Police arrested her in the St. Mary’s parking lot.

On Thursday, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said he’s sticking with the felony charge.

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