Why Some People Shouldn’t Be Parents

This photo provided by the New York Police Department shows a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, upper left, that police say a 7-year-old New York City boy brought, with ammunition, to his Queens elementary school in his backpack Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.  The boy's mother, Deborah Farley, 53, was arrested Friday on charges including criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. A flare gun, lower right, was also recovered from the school. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

A surprise lunch for one student (courtesy of NYPD/AP)

The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is only a month old and our nation has become very sensitive to school shootings and gun control. Awareness on school campuses is peaking and everyone is focused on preventing future tragedies.

Well, maybe not everyone. Deborah Farley of Queens, New York seems oblivious to the whole damn thing.

Last Thursday, Farley sent her 7-year-old boy to Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway with his backpack. The only problem was that instead of packing a healthy lunch, books, erasers and pencils, she packed heat.

Inside the boy’s backpack were a flare gun, a .22 caliber pistol, a loaded clip and a Ziploc bag with some extra bullets. Just to be safe, you know?

A short time later, Farley had what I can only suspect was a rare moment of clarity, realized her mistake and rushed back to the school. She found her son and asked about the gun, and that’s when he told her that he gave it to a classmate.

She had no choice but to come clean now.

Once the administration heard Farley’s story, they immediately put the school on lockdown and called the police.  Fortunately, all the weapons were recovered and no one was hurt.

Police arrested Farley on Friday and charged her with child endangerment and firearm possession. A search of her home revealed more bullets and several bags of marijuana. The pistol itself was not licensed, by the way.

Wave Preparatory Academy (courtesy of NY City Schools)

When police asked Farley what happened, she said that she went walking the streets with her son’s backpack and the guns, but forgot to take them out before sending him to school.  I’m still not sure what to make of that.

Deborah, Deborah, Deborah. What are we going to do with you? Not only are you sitting in jail, facing all sorts of charges and preparing to spend even more time confined to a cell; child protective services also took your son and, given your brilliant parenting to date, you may never see him again.

The whole thing has me very concerned because part of the school shooting problem is parents. Adam Lanza’s mother knew he was “troubled” and still allowed him free access to her weapons and ammunition. And if Deborah Farley is capable of sending her child to school with guns, then there are likely others out there willing to do the same.

Home schooling is starting to look better and better…

Posted on January 20, 2013, in Family, Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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