Police chief seeking charges against teacher aide with gun

Posted Nov. 22, 2009, at 10:20 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Police Chief James Craig says he will ask prosecutors to bring charges against a teacher’s aide who brought a handgun into a school this week.

The woman told officials at the Riverton Community School that she didn’t realize the unloaded gun was in her bag. Police say the woman set down her bag in the cafeteria, and students saw the gun when the bag tipped over. She immediately reported the incident and was placed on leave.

Chief James Craig told the Portland Press Herald that had the woman’s concealed-weapons permit been issued by the city, he would revoke it, but it was issued through state police.

Craig said he hopes the aide will be charged with violating a state law prohibiting guns on school property.