Aide accused of bringing gun to school is fired

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A teacher's aide in West Nyack has been fired one day after bringing a loaded 9 mm handgun to school.

Police say Gillian Jeffords, a licensed gun owner, appears to have brought the firearm to the Rockland BOCES Jesse J. Kaplan School by mistake.

They say the firearm was spotted by a co-worker in Jeffords' open purse - left in a staff closet - just before students arrived for the day.

Since schools are gun-free zones in New York state, she was arrested and later fired.

News 12 went to her Warwick home on Thursday, but the 24-year-old was unwilling to explain why she allegedly brought the gun to school, where her duties included being responsible for the care of children with special needs.

“Let me make something very clear to you,” she told News 12. “Either you can get off my porch now or I'll call the cops and have you arrested for trespassing.”

Police say the weapon was never displayed or used in a threatening manner but that Jeffords should have known the law as a licensed gun owner.

Jeffords was charged with criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Police say her gun permit has also been confiscated and could possibly be revoked by a judge.

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