Teens Possession of Handgun at School Causes Mother to Be Charged

Posted By Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein || 27-Oct-2014

Leah Wilcken, 41, has been charged after her 17-year-old son took a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol loaded with six rounds and an extra seven-round magazine clip, in his backpack to school at Will Rogers Continuation School in Van Nuys, California. The teen allegedly brought the gun to school after an altercation with another student the previous day. The teen allegedly told the other student to meet him in the parking lot via Facebook. School authorities were notified of the weapon located inside the teen’s backpack after the teen showed his friend the weapon.

The day after the incident, a search warrant was served at the teenager’s residence. A 12-gauge shotgun was hidden behind a dresser. Two handguns, a Smith and Wesson .38 and .44 magnum revolver were inside a dresser drawer and a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol was recovered from a drawer next to the kitchen sink. None of the weapons were properly locked or stored.

Leah Wilcken has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of allowing a child to carry firearm off-premises, allowing a child to take a firearm to school, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child neglect or endangerment. Each count carries a possible sentence of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The teenager has also been charged. Wilcken has no prior criminal record and she inherited the weapons from a relative.

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