Parents react after Hamden gun arrests

Hamden Middle School.

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Questions and concerns linger in Hamden days after two teens are arrested in connection with a loaded gun brought into a middle school.

According to police, a 13-year-old stole her father’s gun from the glove box and took the weapon to Hamden Middle School. Detectives say the teen then brought it to the Church Street School playground and met another 13-year-old, passing the gun off to him.

“I have already instructed both of my kids if they ever hear of anyone having a gun they are just to walk out of the classroom and go right to the principal,” Hamden parent Cathy Witteman said.

The girl’s father called police after discovering his gun was missing. When officers recovered the gun they say it was loaded with a single bullet.

“I don’t think he should face any charges,” Witteman said, “but I don’t think it should have been in his car. It should have been locked at home.”

“Not more restrictions on gun owners,” Rich Sulinski of Hamden said, “but obviously there is lack of control at a school.”

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“Part of it is there is a gun and part of it is there is the responsibility for owing the gun and what comes along with that,” said Ernia Racenet of Hamden.

Opinions are mixed on whether schools need tighter security in place.

“Random checks of backpacks, lockers, as kids come into class or come into school in the mornings,” Witteman said.

“I think schools have as tight as security measures as they should have,” Myra Watnick said.

Both teens, who have not been identified, face felony gun charges.

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