Teacher’s aide arrested after bringing loaded gun to school



The gun

WEST NYACK – A teacher’s aide at the Jesse J. Kaplan School
in West Nyack brought a loaded gun to the school Wednesday morning. The
school is an educational facility for autistic children ages five to 21.
The 9 mm handgun was discovered in the handbag owned by Gillian Jeffords, 24, of Warwick, who has been working at Rockland BOCES since last September. She was arrested on a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds and suspended with pay pending an investigation.
Police spokesman Officer Peter Walker said Jeffords has a full-carry
permit issued in Orange County, New York, as well as in Pennsylvania.
“At no point was this weapon used in a threatening manner or at no point was this weapon displayed,” Walker said. “The teacher’s aide was removed from the school and transported to police headquarters for further investigation.”
Police are investigating to determine why she brought the weapon to school.
Clarkstown Police Det. Lt. Glenn Dietrich said that “As a gun owner with a permit, you should know what you can and cannot do, that it is against the law to carry a firearm on school grounds, regardless of whether you have a license.”
As soon as the weapon was discovered, the school principal was notified, the school was placed in lockdown and Clarkstown Police were called.  All children were placed on buses to remove them from the school with administrators assuring parents that at no time were they in harm’s way.
Jeffords’ gun permits were confiscated and will be subject to review
by a judge.

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