Deborah Farley, a 53-year-old mother in Queens, was arrested today, a day after her second-grade son was caught in school with a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a flare gun, and live ammunition in his backpack.
Farley notified the principal at Wave Preparatory Elementary School about two hours after dropping her son off for the day. She'd stashed the guns in his backpack previously and forgot about them.
When she returned home, another family member reminded her that her son had the guns, a 10-round magazine, and loose bullets in his bag. She rushed back and told the principal that she had to pull her son out of class. But according to the New York Daily News
, the child falsely told Farley that he'd given the weapons to someone else. Only then did she tell the principal, who notified police and put the school on lockdown.
Farley was charged today with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, unlawful possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child.