Lunch ladies have been featured regularly on this blog in a variety of controversies (here and here and here and here). Marie McWilliams, 30, however, is not some passive aggressive lunch lady. McWilliams is accused of actually sniping at children on the playground with a BB gun and then pledging to get the children in her own time.
McWilliams works at in the Shamokin Area School District and admitted to hunting at the Ranshaw school playground. McWilliams reportedly took a sniper position in an upstairs window. When confronted by police, she allegedly told them that, “If I don’t get [the kids] now, I will get them tomorrow.”
According to WNEP 16, McWilliams “got angry when they started to curse at her.” according to WNEP 16. She works as a lunch lady for the Shamokin Area School District, and told a parent who confronted her, “If I don’t get [the kids] now, I will get them tomorrow.”
She is not employed by the school district but Nutrition Incorporated, an outside company that handles the district’s food service.
She is charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and the sale and use of air rifles.
That last charge surprised me but it is presumably brought under Section 6304 of the Pennsylvania Title 18:
(a) Sale or transfer of air rifles.—
(1) It shall be unlawful for any dealer to sell, lend, rent, give, or otherwise transfer an air rifle to any person under the age of 18 years, where the dealer knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, the person to be under 18 years of age, or where such dealer has failed to make reasonable inquiry relative to the age of such person, and such person is under 18 years of age.
(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, give, lend, or otherwise transfer any air rifle to any person under 18 years of age, except where the relationship of parent and child, guardian and ward or adult instructor and pupil exists between such person and the person under 18 years of age.
(b) Carrying or discharging air rifles.—
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to carry any air rifle on the highways or public lands unless accompanied by an adult, except that a person under 18 years of age may carry such rifle unloaded in a suitable case or securely wrapped.
(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any air rifle from or across any highway or public land or any public place, except on a properly constructed target range.