published : 2023-08-26

Illinois Mother Faces Charges After Son Brings Gun to School in Backpack

The 35-year-old, Marissa Embrey, was charged with child endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area

A close-up shot of a elementary school building sign, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV capturing the location where the event unfolded.

In a shocking incident, an Illinois mother has found herself in dire repercussions after her kindergarten-age son arrived at school with a handgun in his backpack. The mother, identified as 35-year-old Marissa Embrey, is now facing serious charges.

Embrey, a licensed concealed carry holder and firearm owner, was arrested and charged with endangering a child's life and carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area. The string of events transpired after a school staff member found the weapon in her son's bag during a routine day at Cicero's Columbus West Elementary School.

According to local reports, Embrey had initially placed the gun in her five-year-old son's backpack with the intention of transporting it to her vehicle. However, in an unfortunate oversight, she neglected to remove the firearm before dispatching her son to school.

A discreet picture of a backpack, taken with a Nikon D850, intended to symbolize the unsuspecting vessel of the firearm.

Following the standard morning drive, the child arrived at school equipped with the bag, unbeknownst to the grave danger he carried inside. A classroom program assistant's attentive eye remarkably noticed the gun while assisting the child, who has a particular disability, locate his student ID.

The school authorities were quick to react, promptly notifying the police. The firearm was successfully recovered without any ensuing harm.

Assuring the public of the school's safety protocols, the Superintendent Aldo Calderin stated that the school administration in collaboration with the Cicero Police Department promptly contained the situation, ensuring that no students or staff members were harmed or in imminent danger.

A picture of a courtroom entrance, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III, anticipating the upcoming legal proceedings.

In the wake of the incident, Embrey was taken into custody, and her child was placed under the care of a family member. After her arrest, she was released on a $100 cash bond and her court hearing has been scheduled for September 13.