CICERO, Ill. — Cicero police say a woman was arrested after her 5-year-old son was allegedly found with a gun at Columbus West Elementary on Friday morning.
According to police, 35-year-old Marissa Embrey was arrested on Friday night accused of Endangering the Life of a Child and Carrying a Concealed Weapon in a Prohibited Area.
Police say Embrey, a Concealed Carry License (CCL) holder with a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, allegedly placed the handgun in the backpack of her 5-year-old to carry it to her car. Embrey then drove her son to the school in Cicero and forgot to remove the gun from her child’s backpack.
In a statement, District 99 Superintendent Dr. Aldo Calderin said that the gun was found by a classroom program assistant who was helping the child find their student ID. Dr. Calderin said while helping the student, the assistant opened the child’s backpack and that is when the firearm was discovered.
The superintendent said at no time was any student or staff in imminent danger.
“In conjunction with the Cicero Police Department and Columbus West Administration, the situation was immediately contained and no one was hurt. As always, the safety of our staff and students is our priority,” Dr. Calderin said.
According to police, Embrey is now facing two misdemeanor charges.
Officers say Embrey posted a $100 cash bond on Friday and was released.