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San Bernardino school counselor had gun in her car prompting an arrest
The San Bernardino Sun ^ | 9/12/2017 | Beatriz Valenzuela and Beau Yarbrough

Posted on 09/13/2017 12:51:39 PM PDT by RightFighter

A San Bernardino school counselor was arrested Monday morning after she brought a weapon onto the campus of Paakuma’ K-8 School, according to police and school district officials.

“It was locked in the employee’s personal vehicle, which was in the parking lot, which is school property,” said Linda Bardere, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino City Unified School District. “At no time was the weapon brought out or shown.”

At a community meeting Tuesday evening, the school’s principal and the school district’s police chief said no direct threat was made to a student or staff member. “We don’t believe that person is a threat to the campus,” Chief Joe Paulino said.

Pakuuma' parent: "Was there a direct threat made to a student or staff member?" Morales: "No."

Anita Rene Scott, 55, was arrested on suspicion of bringing a firearm to school, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s booking records. She posted $25,000 bail early Tuesday and was released from the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The district placed her on administrative leave, Bardere said. Scott has worked for the district since 2001.

Bardere said another employee came forward and “shared a conversation from the past week about weapons.” The employee said Scott admitted to having a weapon in her vehicle.

Paulino: The person who reported Scott's gun directed police to exactly where it could be found.

Paulino said that as soon as that anonymous report was made, an officer was dispatched to the school. He and Paakuma’ Principal Victoria Morales took questions Tuesday night at a community meeting in the school’s gym. About 75 concerned parents and students attended.

The gun in Scott’s vehicle was registered to her, Paulino told the crowd, but she did not have a permit to carry it on her person. He said he didn’t know whether she knew that she was breaking the law by having it on school property.

“We believe this person committed a crime,” Paulino said, “but ultimately, the court will determine if they’re guilty.” Morales noted at the beginning of the meeting that because the investigation is ongoing, there are some things officials couldn’t share publicly.

Later, Paulino told parents that he didn’t know how long it would be before full answers would be available: “We’re at the mercy of the court system.”

Morales said Pakuuma’ holds regular drills to prepare for an armed intruder. She also noted that the school has some new security procedures. She did not mention why, but the district has reviewed its procedures in the wake of last year’s shooting at North Park Elementary. A man came to that school where his estranged wife taught, shot and killed her and one student, wounded another student and then killed himself.

Officials did not tell Pakuuma’ students about Monday’s incident, but officials did send a letter home with them that day to notify parents. “I want to assure you that all safety precautions have been followed,” says the letter signed by Morales. “The weapon was never exposed to students or other employees.”

A school psychologist and counselor were on campus Tuesday, but few Pakuuma’ students brought it up. Morales said the day “was business as usual.”

Scott had previously spoken out against violence in 2013 when several people, including students she had interacted with, protested in San Bernardino against injustice and police brutality following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

In an interview with this newspaper, Scott was quoted as saying, “Those are my kids, and what’s on my heart right now is what I’m going to say to them,” she said. “We need to teach them that you have a right to assemble — you have a right to march, a right to protest, a right to rally. What you do not have the right to is to destroy private or public property.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: arrest; california; firearms; school
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It appears that they falsely arrested this woman, at least from the evidence that's come out so far. We are trying to get more information from the police, but as you can see in the article, they are blaming the "court system" for them not giving out any more information. Critically, there are two pieces of information, and only two, that appear to be relevant - whether the gun was (1) unloaded and (2) locked in a container or in the trunk of the car. If both of those conditions are true, then this woman did not violate California law. It seems telling that in the letter sent home to parents from the school, they simply state that "weapons, of any form, are strictly prohibited from school property," and they go on to cite penal code 626.9. However, this is what penal code 626.9 says (I'm omitting the irrelevant sections below this excerpt):

626.9.

(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995.

(b) Any person who possesses a firearm in a place that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is a school zone, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (e), unless it is with the written permission of the school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority, shall be punished as specified in subdivision (f).

(c) Subdivision (b) does not apply to the possession of a firearm under any of the following circumstances:

(1) Within a place of residence or place of business or on private property, if the place of residence, place of business, or private property is not part of the school grounds and the possession of the firearm is otherwise lawful.

(2) When the firearm is an unloaded pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person and is in a locked container or within the locked trunk of a motor vehicle.

This section does not prohibit or limit the otherwise lawful transportation of any other firearm, other than a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person, in accordance with state law.

1 posted on 09/13/2017 12:51:39 PM PDT by RightFighter
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Here's the letter the school sent home to parents:


2 posted on 09/13/2017 12:53:34 PM PDT by RightFighter (This space for rent)
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To: RightFighter

No crime here, at least not in free states.


3 posted on 09/13/2017 12:53:51 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: RightFighter

Police carry guns into schools all the time so obviously, the gun isn’t the problem.


4 posted on 09/13/2017 12:54:46 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Don't mistake your dorm political discussions with the desires of the nation)
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To: RightFighter

Flat violation of “shall not be infringed”.


5 posted on 09/13/2017 12:56:42 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (It's not "white privilege", it's "Puritan work ethic". Behavior begets consequences.)
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The police even said maybe no laws were broken. So why do they do the bidding of the hoplophobic school administration? Because the police are too weak to tell the left-wing parents and the gun-grabbing city government to settle down and learn about the law.


6 posted on 09/13/2017 1:04:03 PM PDT by WKTimpco
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That’ll certainly stop the next person who wants to bring a firearm on campus to do harm. If not, we need more anti-gun laws. /sarc


7 posted on 09/13/2017 1:04:20 PM PDT by LostPassword
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The employee said Scott admitted to having a weapon in her vehicle.

Loose lips sink ships.

8 posted on 09/13/2017 1:07:24 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (https://imgoat.com/uploads/645920e395/39513.gif)
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my thoughts exactly. also thinking that she shouldn’t have told anyone about it in the first place. People you think you can trust will frequently stab you in the back like that. She learned that lesson the hard way.


9 posted on 09/13/2017 1:08:37 PM PDT by RC one (The 2nd Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances)
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To: ctdonath2

It’s California- The Infringement State.


10 posted on 09/13/2017 1:11:23 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Reset Underway!)
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Scott had previously spoken out against violence in 2013 when several people, including students she had interacted with, protested in San Bernardino against injustice and police brutality following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.


Sounds like Scott spoke out against the rioting and killing in response to the Zimmerman acquittal.

Could it be that the school is trying to stir up parents against the counselor, or at least make a mountain out of a mole hill? I wonder how someone knew she had a weapon? I would feel very uneasy carrying a weapon in CA due to this craziness.

When the school says she "made no direct threat" it leads one to believe she made an indirect threat. If she made no threat, they should have said she made no threat.

11 posted on 09/13/2017 1:12:07 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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Of course they didn’t ID the rat that snitched on her.


12 posted on 09/13/2017 1:12:08 PM PDT by x1stcav (We have the guns. Do we have the will?)
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Of course they didn’t ID the rat that snitched on her.


Often rats have more rights than honest citizens. I.E., recently someone charged $1600 to my credit card buying 3 unauthorized items. This rat knows who I am. However, credit card security will not tell me the name of the purchaser who used my card and attempted to steal from me.
13 posted on 09/13/2017 1:17:52 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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This school district has its own police force, and that police force has an anonymous tips program for rewards.

WE TIP

If you have any information regarding the person(s) involved in a crime against your school, you are encouraged to call WeTip immediately at either of the numbers listed below. You may be eligible for a reward if your information leads to an arrest and conviction. No one will know who made the call!

Witness Anonymous Toll free nationwide 24 hours
(800) 732-7463 or (800) 78-CRIME


14 posted on 09/13/2017 1:20:51 PM PDT by RightFighter (This space for rent)
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They also have this:

SAW Hotline

Students Against Weapons Hotline

388-6043

Witnesses will stay anonymous.


15 posted on 09/13/2017 1:21:53 PM PDT by RightFighter (This space for rent)
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Bardere said another employee came forward and “shared a conversation from the past week about weapons.”

Never trust a liberal. Ever! Tell them nothing of importance and very little of anything else.

16 posted on 09/13/2017 1:22:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama. The Legacy is a lie. The lie is the Legacy.)
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To: RC one

There are two reasons that I don’t trust people:

1.) I don’t know them.
2.) I know them.


17 posted on 09/13/2017 1:24:58 PM PDT by Hugh the Scot ("The days of being a keyboard commando are over. It's time to get some bloody knuckles." -Drew68)
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To: AppyPappy

Lots of fine people in California. I have a brother there and my best friend from boyhood.

That being said, I have been there more often since I retired and both my wife and I feel like we are leaving the United States when we go there.


18 posted on 09/13/2017 1:26:12 PM PDT by KC Burke (If all the world is a stage, I would like to request my lighting be adjusted.)
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To: RightFighter

Such should seriously be a prime pro-RKBA case. I’m amazed such incidents keep happening, with absolutely no leveraging from our side. So much talk about restoring rights, so much request for legal-fees money, so little progress over decades. Stuff like this should be a slam-dunk.


19 posted on 09/13/2017 1:29:11 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (It's not "white privilege", it's "Puritan work ethic". Behavior begets consequences.)
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...recently someone charged $1600 to my credit card buying 3 unauthorized items. This rat knows who I am. However, credit card security will not tell me the name of the purchaser who used my card and attempted to steal from me.

A particular peeve of mine.

20 posted on 09/13/2017 1:33:39 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (The government, by its very nature, cannot give except what it first takes.)
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