A comment made to a teacher in November by a teenage student led to child endangerment charges for a Falconer pair after two loaded guns were found unsecured in their home.
The weapons, semi-automatic hand guns, were seized as evidence Monday by officers with the Ellicott Police Department.
On Nov. 29, the department received a call from Randolph Academy in regard to a 15-year-old student who allegedly told their teacher: “You’re not bullet proof.” The student lives on Park Avenue in Falconer, and officers talked to the student’s mother, 35-year-old Jennifer L Jackson and her boyfriend, 33-year-old Tyler J Walters.
The pair stated that there was no weapon in the residence other than a hunting rifle that was secured.
“The issues were addressed with the parents and they claimed to understand the severity of the incident,” Ellicott police said in a news release.
However, the department received a complaint Monday from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office after a video was taken involving the same 15-year-old with two semi-automatic hand guns. The guns were found during a search of the home.
Jackson and Walters were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child and issued tickets to appear in Ellicott Town Court later.
“It is very unfortunate that parents would knowingly allow a child to have access to any weapons, much less loaded weapons after being advised of the past threats made,” said Kevin Pierce of the Ellicott Police Department. “This case is exactly why, ‘If you see something say something’ keeps getting reiterated, it may have saved lives today.”