NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Sonnetta Powell, a New Haven paraprofessional was arrested after bringing a handgun into a magnet school in New Haven Friday, police said.
Police say Powell brought the handgun into Brennan-Rogers Magnet School.
When confronted by officers, police say Powell initially told them the gun was in her car.
As officers walked her out of the school, police say she changed her story, admitting that the gun was actually on her.
Interim Police Chief Renee Dominguez says officers found a loaded Glock 19, a semi-automatic handgun, underneath her shirt, inside her bra.
“When I first found out about it I was very upset, I’ve got grandkids that go to this school. Kids are going to be kids, but you still don’t bring no loaded gun,” said Pam Smith of New Haven.
“There was a conversation that led up to that about, videos on the internet of students with guns, the comment became, seeing that social media, she said, well I bring my gun with me to school, so that’s what sparked it,” Dominguez said.
She is a paraprofessional who is assigned to a special education classroom at Brennan-Rogers, a K-8 school.
"Powell is a legal Connecticut Pistol Permit holder," New Haven police said. "She was arrested and the gun was seized without incident."
Powell has been charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and breach of peace in the second degree.
Powell has a $50,000 bond.