Friday, February 14, 2014
Heather Sederbaum, 35, of Summerville was arrested Fri., Feb. 14, by Summerville Police and charged with Carrying A Weapon on School Property and Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child.
The arrest stems from an incident last week. On Feb. 6, a Newington Elementary School second grader found a gun – a pink and black Ruger 380 – in her bookbag just before the end of school, according to school officials.
The child took the gun to the teacher and Summerville Police were called.
The child did not know the gun was in the bookbag, according to Pat Raynor, DD2 PIO, last week.
According to reports, a parent volunteer at Newington Elementary School in Summerville says she saw a gun at the school long before it was found in the second grader’s backpack. Sederbaum works as a parent volunteer at the school and, according to a Channel 5 report, has bragged about having a gun at school.
According to the original police report, the child told police she packs her own bookbag and there was no gun when she arrived at school. She said her mother did come into the classroom and put a book in her bag. She said she did not see her mother put a gun in the bag. The second grader said she had not opened her bookbag until the end of school when she found the gun.
Sederbaum told police that she had left the gun in her vehicle and had put only a book in her child’s bookbag. She said she had no idea how the gun got there.
Sederbaum received a bond hearing and was released on a $2,500 bond.
According to the police report, the second grader has been referred to the school and school district for a review board before the school board.
However, Superintendent of Shcools Joe Pye says “Absolutely not. In fact, that child is to be commended for going immediately to her teacher.” There will be no disciplanary action and the school and district do not see the child as having anything to do with the gun.
Sederbaum is no longer volunteering at the school.