Charetta Kemp, HISD Tutor, Busted For Bringing Gun On Campus Like Every Right-Winger Thinks She Should

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A 9 mm Taurus, just like the one that landed Kemp in jail
We're not going to go so far as to call Charetta Kemp the Rosa Parks of HISD -- mainly because that would be ridiculous on so many levels -- but you have to admit a whole lot of Texas legislators and Tea Party activists would no doubt consider her a woman ahead of her time.

According to court documents and HISD, Kemp was arrested Friday afternoon for having a loaded nine-millimeter Taurus pistol in her glove compartment at the parking lot of Fondren Middle school.

Authorities had received a tip that Kemp, a tutor at the school, had brought the pistol to campus.

She now faces a third-degree felony charge of weapons possession. "She has resigned in lieu of termination," HISD said in a released statement. "Student safety is HISD's top priority."

Kemp, 28, lives in Hungerford, according to court documents and her Facebook page. The FB page says she's a 2007 graduate of Prairie View A&M.

Kemp has no previous criminal record in Harris County, according to court documents. Her mother told KHOU "the gun did not belong to her daughter; instead, she said a friend who was coming home with her daughter after school asked to keep it in the car."

And, of course, if some activists get their way, bringing the gun on campus would be legal and all but encouraged. Unfortunately for Kemp, they haven't gotten the legislation passed in Austin. Yet.

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cmaricle
cmaricle

All right ! All charges against Charetta Kemp have been dropped! Of course she did nothing wrong!

scottsmylie
scottsmylie

This is a great example how the media does not do their homework and law enforcement does not know the law. The case has already been dismissed because it was complete nonsense.

cmaricle
cmaricle

Would like some conversation about Charetta Kemp, fellow CHL instructors and LE people I work with are clueless why she is being charged especially with a felony. You can understand the confusion since Texas law states one thing and while we have no knowledge of her or legal status to possess a handgun, we are concerned about the incorrect way the law was portrayed by the media.

Even question 24 of the Texas CHL test states (answer True) that is is OK to leave your handgun in your car in the school parking lot. DPS goes out of their way to reinforce this point.

It is certainly legal for a parent etc. to have a gun in their car (and on their person all the way to the front door of the school with a CHL).

The code is pretty darn specific:

PC §46.03. PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED. (a) A person commits an. 
offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or. 
goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in. 
Section 46.05(a):
(1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, 
any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or.
educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation. 
vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or.
educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written. 
regulations or written authorization of the institution;.

(3) “Premises” means a building or a portion of a building. The 
term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or. 
walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area.

I think you can appreciate the issues.

eudemonist
eudemonist

Oh, look, it's Connelly, making broad and inaccurate generalizations about "every right-winger" to create a misleading strawman!  Must be a day that ends in "y".

How many conservatives have you actually seen suggest that teachers without CCW permits illegally store loaded weapons that belong to someone else in their vehicles?  Yup...none.  Makes it harder to smear your opponents when you stick to the facts, though, eh Dick?

figgy.jones
figgy.jones

How did they find out about this, btw? I think the 2nd Amendment's been stretched quite a bit, but let's not forget the 4th Amendment, providing due process before a car's searched.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@figgy.jones I think they use the same rationale to search cars as that they do to search lockers.

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