Court appearance for tutor accused of bringing loaded gun on middle school campus

February 6, 2013 9:46:55 AM PST
A middle school tutor arrested for having a loaded gun on campus made a court appearance Monday morning.

Charetta Trishaye Kemp is charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. She is a tutor at Fondren Middle School.

Court documents state on Friday, February 1, Kemp parked her vehicle on campus with a loaded 9mm Taurus inside. HISD says a tip led to her arrest the same day.

Kemp, 28, appeared before a judge Monday morning and probable cause was found. Court records show the gun Kemp left in her car in the Fondren Middle School parking lot belonged to another employee.

Authorities say Kemp's co-worker put the gun in her car the night before, but when he tried to get it back she wouldn't give it to him.

Kemp has been a tutor at Fondren Middle since August of 2011. She was originally hired as a math tutor, but until Friday was most recently helping students with science. HISD says Kemp resigned in lieu of termination.

The district reiterates that safety is its top priority.

A law that went into effect in September 2011, makes it legal for anyone with a concealed handgun license to keep a gun locked up in their car at work, even if the workplace policy prohibits a guns on property. However, this law doesn't apply to schools and certain industrial sites.
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