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April 18, 2014

Mother charged with possessing a gun at school enrolls child elsewhere

National organization supports Trahan and invites her to speak at event

ANDERSON — Bonnie Trahan is afraid she might go to jail.

“I’m looking at prison time for an accident,” she said on Friday.

On Wednesday, Trahan met with school officials at St. Mary’s School in downtown Anderson to discuss her son’s safety after she said another student threatened to kill him. During the meeting, Trahan said she took a gun out of the waistband of her sweat pants and placed it on the table.

School officials, however, say Trahan pointed to a loaded .40-caliber Glock in the back of her pants saying how easy it was to bring a weapon into the school. They say she then pulled the gun out and threw it on the table.

The meeting was abruptly ended and later that morning Trahan was arrested for possessing a handgun on school property — a Class D felony.

Trahan said she has enrolled her son at a different school and is not commenting on social media about the event.

“I was thinking about pulling him out of the school before this happened because he has been bullied so many times,” Trahan said. “This was just the first attempt where someone said they were going to kill him.”

She said she has told her son that she will sit with him at his new school until he is comfortable — if that is what he needs to transition into a new school environment.

“His biggest concern is he was losing all of his friends at St. Mary’s,” she said. “My biggest concern is his safety.”

Trahan maintains her original story that she forgot the weapon was in her waistband until it started to weigh her pants down. The moment she realized she had the weapon, all she could think about was how easy it might be for the student who threatened her son to also bring a gun into the school undetected.

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