It’s been two months since the incident occurred, but the case was held up due to case law research, police chief Ronda Wallace said.
According to court documents, Suzan Hailey, 45, is facing one count of fourth-degree weapons misconduct for allegedly bringing a gun into a school on Nov. 19.
Hailey is the spouse of school board member Todd Hailey. Neither Hailey returned calls seeking comment.
Alaska law prohibits anyone from carrying a weapon in or around any public or private K-12 school, school property, bus or parking lot without consent of the school’s administrator. While the auditorium is owned by the Kodiak Island Borough, it is used for teacher training and classes with students.
Superintendent Stewart McDonald said it is rare for that he gives anyone permission to bring firearms on campus.
“It is not our practice to give our permission to bring firearms on campus unless they’re law enforcement, and we do have some specialized activities … but those are very specific and localized events and are supervised,” McDonald said.
School board vice president Rick Kniaziowski said the school board is aware of the situation, but isn’t taking any action at the moment.
“We’re in the standby mode, waiting for all the shoes to drop, and we have to stay neutral in case there is any kind of legal action that we have to be final deciders of anything,” he said.
According to court documents, a woman found a purse in the auditorium and took it to the Kodiak Police Department on Nov. 24. Within the purse, police discovered knitting items and a loaded black .38-caliber Ruger LCR in a holster.
“The purse had been turned in by someone else,” Wallace said. “We go through to inventory the items to see who it may have belonged to.”
Police searched registration databases, and the gun was not reported stolen, documents read.
On Nov. 27, Suzan Hailey went to the police station and said she saw in the newspaper blotter that someone had turned in a purse to the station. She described the purse to KPD and proved ownership of the gun. Hailey told police she attended a meeting and brought the purse with her. She said she keeps her gun for protection inside the purse when driving around town.
“The defendant stated, ‘I did bring the bag in and it did have the gun in it, so I know I did make that mistake,’” the document reads.
She is scheduled to be arraigned in Kodiak District Court on Feb. 7. If a grand jury chooses to indict Hailey, the case will then go to trial.
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