Suburban mom shoots TV with rifle, upset kids were watching music videos

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ALGONQUIN, Ill — A suburban mother was charged after police say she fired a rifle into her television because her children spent too much time watching it.

Algonquin police say they responded to the home of 40-year-old Jennifer Ullery at the request of the Dept of Children and Family Services and a “delayed report” of shots fired.

Upon arrival officer found a shattered television screen and a .22 long rifle, magazine and ammunition.

A police investigation revealed Ullery had shot the TV because of the amount of time her three children spent watching it. Ullery has a 15-year-old, an 11-year-old and a 6-year-old.

Authorities say the children were watching a music video from the band Primus when Ullery entered the room and fired at the TV.

No one was injured.

Ullery was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm without a FOID card and three counts of endangering the health and safety of a child, police say.

She was released after posting bond.

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11 comments

  • silent_screamer

    Is it now standard procedure for police to charge someone with 4 or 5 violations in hopes that only one sticks in court? I found only one indiiscretion and that was no FOID card. Shooting her own television and endangering kids is not proven in above article

  • carol

    I hope she gets off. She wasn’t shooting at the kids. Besides she probably paid for that tv her damm self. Find some parents WHO Don’t give a Damm about what their kids watch or how much.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t sound very reckless to me, she aimed for and hit the TV and only the TV. No injuries, no neglect no “endangerment” here.

    So that leaves her with maybe being actually guilty of “not having a FOID”.

    Since when do I not have a right to shoot my own TV, if that’s what I so desire to do.

    • Anonymous

      I even understand that most towns/villages/municipalities have “ordinances” against the discharge of a firearm (outside of self defense), so okay, “not having a FOID card” AND “discharge of a firearm within city limits” (but NOT “reckless” seeing as this wasn’t really what I would consider “reckless”. “Reckless” would be shooting into the air on NYE (what goes up MUST come back down!)…

      So I guess the only real lesson here is, do not shoot your TV unless you’re in an area that doesn’t have stupid “can’t discharge firearms” ordinances (or unincorporated areas?). Instead smash it in with a sledgehammer!

  • tim spanos

    If its her tv….she has the right to do whatever she wants to it….especially if kids are disrespectful and dont respect moms wishes to turn it off….no one was hurt so why punish a mother that will not be ruled over by her own kids…her word must be respected…she sounds fed up and did what was her legal right to teach her kids a lesson….if she wanted to …she could have endangered her kids and shot somewhere else..please forgive..show respect to parent and not let her kids rule over her…i pray the best…but there are more thsn one side to every story and i may be wrong

  • borg

    I hope that the kids do not have hearing damage due to the rifle blast. She would have been better off shooting it with a pellet pistol or bb gun maybe even making a YouTube video of doing so.

  • Ays

    This women is crazy and needs to be locked up. Those kids need to be taking away from her. A normal person would take the TV away or even put a lock on it.

  • ZebraStripes

    I’ll guess the father, who doesn’t live with the mother, filed the complaint. I hope he gets custody because this gun nut doesn’t deserve to raise children.