HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Hartford woman is facing charges for allegedly sending her 12-year-old son to school with a BB gun and a folding knife so he could protect himself from bullies.

Police say 38-year-old Sylvia Mojica  has been charged with risk of injury to a minor. She is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Mojica allegedly gave her son the BB pistol and the folding knife to bring to school on Friday. The boy told school officials that he had the items in his backpack.

Administrators say the boy now faces a suspension or even expulsion. They are also investigating the bullying allegations.

It was not immediately clear if Mojica had a lawyer.

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