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Mom charged after 6th-grader takes gun to school in SW Virginia

Staff Report • Dec 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

GLADE SPRING, Va. — Charges have been placed against the mother of a sixth-grade student who brought a gun to school on Monday.

Crystal Dawn Chaffin, 33, Saltville, was charged with reckless handling of a firearm.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said the child brought the gun to Glade Spring Middle School on Monday after Chaffin placed the gun in a book bag.

“Our investigation revealed the weapon was placed in the child’s book bag over the weekend while the mother and child went into a store, apparently rather than leave the handgun in the vehicle,” Newman said in a news release Tuesday.