A Lafollette woman reported to be suicidal is facing charges after she brought a loaded handgun to an evening class at Anderson County Career and Tech Center at Anderson County High School on Monday, authorities said.
The 36-year-old woman reportedly came to class aggravated and told the teacher of a certified nursing assistant class that “she would be better off dead,” according to an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department report.
The teacher said the woman told her she had everything in place “so she could die,” the report said. The teacher asked the woman if she had a gun in her bag, and the woman said “Yes, she had had it every night,” the report said.
A student in the class told Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Robert J. Collins that the woman said she had a gun in her bag if she needed it, and the woman had a journal stating that she wanted to die.
When Collins and another deputy arrived at the Career and Technical Center, they set up outside the classroom where they could see the teacher and the Lafollette woman. The teacher brought the woman’s handbag, which had the .22-caliber handgun inside it, outside. Collins said the silver and black gun had 10 rounds in the magazine. It was inside the woman’s bag inside a black case.
Collins and the other deputy went into the classroom and detained the woman.
“I asked the offender why she had a gun in class, and she could not answer directly,” Collins said. He said the woman was taken to a patrol car, but she refused to answer any more questions.
Collins said the teacher and student were not injured.
The woman who allegedly brought the gun to class was taken to Methodist Medical Center for an evaluation “due to the suicidal entries in her journal,” Collins said.
He said the woman will be charged with carrying a weapon on school property, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon or going armed.
The gun was seized, and it and the case and journal were placed into evidence, Collins said.
He said the woman was issued a verbal “no trespassing” warning for the school property.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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