Most students are black or Hispanic. Now the little boy's mother has been arrested. Her picture isn't shown here. Instead, CBS has chosen to picture a .22 caliber pistol (which is black) and a flare gun (which is orange.)
There is no picture of the child's mother, what color is she?
Well, her name is Deborah Farley, and she's not Hispanic, so the odds are 24-1 that she's black.
However, whichever color she is, she's not part of "America's gun culture." America's gun culture is illegal in Queens. She had no permit to carry this pistol, no permit to own it.
She stashed it in her son's backpack while she was out with him, and forgot it.
In her home, there were seven Ziplock bags of marijuana, which presumably one reason she didn't want to go out without a gun.
By Crimesider Staff
January 18, 2013 3:58 PM
The mother of a 7-year-old New York City boy who police say brought a .22 caliber handgun to his school in Queens on Thursday has been arrested.
Deborah Farley, 53, was arrested Friday on criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and other charges, CBS New York reports.
The Department of Education says Wave Preparatory Academy in Far Rockaway was placed on lockdown after the gun was found in the boy's backpack Thursday.
According to CBS New York, police say Farley told them she was out with the handgun, ammunition and a flare gun in her son's backpack but forgot to take them out before the boy left for school Thursday morning.
After realizing her mistake, the mother of four went the school around 9:30 a.m. and took the 7-year-old out of classes, claiming he had a dental appointment, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. But when she searched the boy's bag, she was unable to find the handgun.
When Farley asked her son where the weapon was, he reportedly thought she was referring to the flare gun and told her he had given it to a friend. He was apparently unaware there was also a handgun in his bag.
Farley alerted the principal who notified police, CBS New York reports.
When the backpack was searched, Browne says, a Phoenix Arms .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a magazine with 10 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and 14 additional rounds in a plastic bag were found inside. The unloaded flare gun was found in another boy's bag.
Police reportedly say the handgun was unlicensed and that while searching Farley's home, investigators also found seven Ziplock bags of marijuana.
According to CBS New York, Farley's two youngest children, the 7 and 9-year-old, were removed from the home and placed into protective child services, Browne said. Her two older children are both adults