CANTON — Bond was denied Friday for a woman charged with allegedly trying to enter Mill Creek Middle School on Wednesday while carrying a gun.

Kimberly Bacon appeared before Cherokee County Chief Magistrate Judge James Drane in a hearing at the Cherokee County jail where her attorney asked for bond. If not granted bond, attorney June Sullinger asked that Bacon be admitted to an in-patient mental health facility for treatment.

Both requests were denied.

“Ms. Bacon, I’m going to decline bond at this moment,” Drane said at the conclusion of the hearing, which started shortly after noon. “What is disturbing is taking a Glock 30 handgun onto school property. That’s worrisome.”

In asking for bond, Sullinger said that the gun Bacon had when she arrived at the school just after 5 p.m. Wednesday was not loaded. She said that Bacon has never hurt, or threatened to hurt anyone, “except, perhaps for herself.”

During the hearing Assistant District Attorney Meaghan Frankish said that a coach and assistant principal at the school were able to steer Bacon away from the school and into the parking lot.

Bacon was arrested after she fled the school and charged by school district police with criminal trespass, weapon on school grounds, violation of a protection order, battery and aggravated assault. On Thursday she was also charged with cruelty to children and making terroristic threats, according to court records.

According to a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office report:

Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday Bacon arrived at the school and attempted to pick up her daughter who she had lost custody of. Witnesses said she was armed with a gun and argued with staff.

Students were locked inside a locker room in the gymnasium for their safety and exited when deputies let them know it was safe. No one was injured.

At Friday’s hearing Frankish argued against bond for Bacon saying that she poses a threat to the community, a threat to intimidate witnesses and that Bacon’s daughter would have to be moved to another foster family if she was granted bond.

Sullinger said her client would prefer her daughter be placed with another foster family, saying the current foster parents had illegally prevented Bacon from having contact with her daughter.

Bacon told Drane that she wanted to have a court-appointed attorney.

According to school system spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby, a message was sent to parents that read: “On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that a Mill Creek MS parent was arrested today following an incident at after-school basketball practice. The parent, who remains in police custody, was trespassing and had a weapon on campus. We take the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously. If you have any questions, please contact your Principal.”

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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