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.