Paraprofessional arrested after bringing loaded gun into New Haven school in her bra, police say

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A paraprofessional at the Brennan Rogers School in New Haven was arrested after she brought a loaded handgun to school, police said.

Acting Police Chief Renee Dominguez said they received a call from the school on Wilmot Road just after noon Friday after Sonnetta Powell commented to another staff member about bringing a weapon to school.

Powell, 31, told police she had a registered handgun in her vehicle, but investigators found the loaded weapon on her, Dominguez said. The loaded gun was found in her bra.

She is a legal permit holder.

“She had expressed concern about how some students were behaving and wanted to protect herself,” New Haven Schools Superintendent Dr. Iline P. Tracey said.

New Haven Police arrested and charged Powell with possession of a weapon on school grounds and second-degree breach of peace. Bond was set at $50,000.

One mom told News 8 this move was just dangerous.

“Cause anything could have happened. What if one of the students saw it, picked it up and grabbed it off of her and it went off. You just never know,” said Keria Hickman. “How as a parent, how can I feel safe knowing that my kid is in the school and the staff is bringing in weapons? That’s not safe.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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