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.