Mother arrested after reportedly taking loaded gun to high school during fight

A Nashville mother was arrested Thursday after police say she brought a loaded handgun to New Hall High School during a fight between her 14-year-old son and his classmate. Kendra Jo Carter, 40, is…

Mother arrested after reportedly taking loaded gun to high school during fight

A Nashville mother was arrested Thursday after police say she brought a loaded handgun to New Hall High School during a fight between her 14-year-old son and his classmate.

Kendra Jo Carter, 40, is charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful conduct while carrying a pistol. According to police, Carter has a valid state firearm permit for the weapon she was carrying.

The Tennessean reports that Carter’s 15-year-old son allegedly kicked another student in the arm Thursday. The 16-year-old kicked him back, police say, and Carter reached into her purse and grabbed a handgun. She then left the classroom, police say, and opened the front doors.

Other students saw Carter toting the gun into the school and alerted the administration.

Carter allegedly told school resource officers the handgun belonged to her. The school resource officer brought the weapon back to the police department for processing.

According to WSMV in Nashville, Carter’s son remains in custody at the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center. The 15-year-old was arrested for assault and aggravated assault and booked into the juvenile detention center on an open charge of aggravated assault.

Carter did not give a statement to police. Her criminal history includes convictions for child support, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

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