Mother faces charge involving gun in kindergartner's backpack

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 2:05pm
Staff reports

The mother of a 6-year-old kindergartner has been charged with unlawful weapon possession after a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol was located Tuesday morning in her son’s backpack at Carter-Lawrence Elementary School. 

Shaviya Harris, 24, told Metro police detectives she left the gun in her car while a friend borrowed the vehicle. The friend placed the weapon in a bag in the trunk for safekeeping, not realizing it was the child’s backpack.

Harris, who has a prior misdemeanor assault conviction, is being held in lieu of $1,500 bond.

No charges will be placed against the child, who alerted a teacher to his backpack after seeing the gun among his belongings.       

11 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 3/2/11 at 2:20

I am surprised that this child had a backpack. Very unusual from my perspective.

By: revo-lou on 3/2/11 at 2:22

This woman is too stupid to have children, or guns. But, of course, this being Tennessee, there is a fight on by some to allow her to have a gun at WILL anywhere she chooses.

By: revo-lou on 3/2/11 at 2:23

{By: richgoose on 3/2/11 at 2:20
I am surprised that this child had a backpack. Very unusual from my perspective.}

And what perspective is that? Oh wait, I know. The moron perspective.

By: gatormikey on 3/2/11 at 3:07

If being stupid meant not being able to have children, most of us wouldn't be here. As for the child, good for him for reporting the gun.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/2/11 at 3:17

I think people should be fixed at birth, men and women, and you have to pass an IQ exam and mental evaluations in order to have it reversed to have children. I really feel sorry for people born into idiot parents.

By: cookeville on 3/2/11 at 7:23

All kids today carry backpacks. It's just the thing to do. Heck, my four year old grand daughter carries one every time she goes on a 'jaunt'.

For the person who thinks people should be fixed, there but for an accident of birth go you. Maybe you should feel for the parents in their ignorance and try to help some of them instead of condemning them. You would do your own spirit a favor.

By: govskeptic on 3/3/11 at 5:41

The willy-nilly handling of guns when children of all ages are
in a family is a hugh problem. Where children of less or
more intelligent have access is the responsibility of the
parent/parents and there should be consequences when
resonable care is not taken to prevent their access!

By: TITAN1 on 3/3/11 at 12:13

frankbrown/richgoose, please explain your statement.

By: Wonder Bear on 3/4/11 at 9:41

When I was a kid, it was the blasting cap that was the "gun" of that time. Anyone remember the Wily Mays commercials? "This - is - a blasting - cap, do - not - touch - it."

There is always something to which kids should not be directly exposed, Many of those things write in to this online newspaper from time to time, for that matter.

For anyone who is able to read past the seventh grade level, there remains a host of information from the 17th through 19th centuries written in English in which the idea of Liberty, as it was defined at one time in the United States, is carefully described. And being smart is a common thread associated to that form of Liberty, particularly when one is in possession of a firearm.

Yes indeedee, even the politicians that authored The Declaration and The Constitution thought citizens should have unimpeded access to firearms. The reason is simple: government cannot be trusted to do the right thing, left to its own devices - not even the government these same people formed, and to which they belonged.

Hence, the need to have some 'street smarts', since leaving your gun in the horse-and-buggy you just lent to your equally stupid friend was no more excusable then, than it is now.

By: localboy on 3/4/11 at 9:49

Good point, govskeptic..

By: Wonder Bear on 3/4/11 at 10:08

For the record: all three of our kids grew up, both in the city and the country (depending on time frame), having firearms in the house, including handguns. They are all in their early twenties now, with nary a firearm-related incident, even though they were all three hail-raisers at various points in their upbringings.

One day, I took all three of the little tykes into the basement of our (then) gigantic house, and showed them a small handgun. Then, I showed them a small bullet that went into the small handgun. I pointed out that although the gun and the bullet were "cute" in size, they were deadly in effect. I held the bullet in my hand while pretending to drill it into the upper chest area of each of the three kids for a moment or two, explaining that the bullet goes "in" to someone's body, and does tremendous damage as a result.

I then abruptly assumed a shooting position, and emptied out the six-round clip into the other end of the basement - after confirming no one else was there. The walls of the basement were composed of gigantic field stones some two-feet across each - barely chipped them. The kids were of course temporarily horrified, so I waited for them to calm down, and told them that I would rather risk injuring their hearing once, than coming to see them in the hospital or worse, the funeral home. They all hugged me and told me they loved me - too. I also let them know that they were welcome to use any of my firearms, as long as we dd so in a range environment, with my personal supervision.

My daughter now has a carry permit, and has injured many more people with her sharp tongue than with her firearm (many vs. zero). The boys both shoot from time to time, and I have never even heard of them doing so in a careless or unsafe manner.