Police: West Nyack teacher's aide brought loaded gun to school

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WEST NYACK -

Police say a teacher's aide brought a loaded handgun in her purse to a West Nyack school Wednesday.

School officials have suspended Gillian Jeffords, a 24-year-old from Warwick, with pay. She also faces criminal weapon possession charges and had her concealed carry permit seized.

No one was hurt or threatened, according to authorities, and she did not brandish the weapon or take it out of her bag.

Clarkstown police say someone called 911 call around 9 a.m. after seeing the 9 mm pistol in an open bag in a classroom closet at the Rockland BOCES Jesse J. Kaplan School. 

There weren't any students in the classroom at the time, and the school issued a temporary lockdown order. Police arrived and took the gun. They questioned Jeffords and escorted her out of the school.

Officials say Jeffords has licenses to carry firearms in both New York and Pennsylvania, but they don't know why she brought one to a school. They say she may have brought it by mistake.

It's illegal in New York state for anyone other than a law enforcement officer to carry a firearm in a school, police noted.

According to investigators, there was at least one round loaded in the weapon.

Authorities say they are reviewing Jeffords' weapons permits in both states.

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