ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — An Anderson mom was arrested after police say she took a loaded gun to her son’s school.
Police say 27-year-old Bonnie Trahan set a meeting up with officials at St. Mary’s School Wednesday morning to discuss the way the school was handling a matter between her 8-year-old son and another child.
Anderson Police Detective Joel Sandefur said Trahan thought her son was not safe at school. To prove a point, she brought her gun to the meeting.
“Bonnie Trahan said, ‘It’s easy to get a gun into the school, and I want to demonstrate how easy it is to get a gun into the school.’ She said, ‘In fact I’ve got one in my back pocket… and slammed it down on the table,’” said Sandefur.
Sandefur said the gun was in a holster but loaded.
“This is something that’s very dangerous. Someone could have gotten hurt. Someone could have gotten killed. This is no place for that type of behavior,” Sandefur added.
Sandefur said school officials ordered her to leave and the school was placed on lockdown. Trahan went home to secure her weapon and came back to school. Police arrived on scene and arrested her.
In an interview with 24-Hour News 8, Trahan said that’s not what happened.
She said she has a permit to carry a handgun and typically carries one. She added she had forgotten she had it on her and was readjusting her sweatpants when she put the gun on the table during the meeting.
“When I readjusted, I pulled it out of my pants, and I set it on the desk. She said, ‘The conference is over. You guys need to leave.’ I picked it up, put it back in my pocket and I left,” said Trahan.
She said she went home to put the gun away and then came back to school to apologize. Police were waiting at the school when she got back.
“I didn’t mean it in any threatening manner. I did not mean for it to be blown out of proportion,” said Trahan.
Trahan characterized it as an accident.
“I’m not crazy. I’m not nuts. I wasn’t out to prove a point,” she said. “I just wanted to know what they were going to do to protect my child from the other child who’d threatened to kill him the day before.”
Sandefur had a different take on what happened.
“This was a planned visit. It’s not like this was someone they [school officials] didn’t know or expect. But she had a gun on her, and she was there to prove a point. How do you stop someone from bringing a gun in? That’s the question. Short of having a metal detector or searching everyone who walks in the doors, that’s the golden question,” added Sandefur.
The school has now hired an armed officer.
“There was no point to be made. There was nothing done to try to make a point. I love my child, and I wanted to make sure he was safe,” said Trahan.
Trahan was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of a firearm on school property.
24-Hour News 8 did call the school after hours and left a message.