Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Jason Morel

“Jason Morel, a sophomore from the East Village, told police he brought the .38 caliber handgun to the Leadership and Public Service High School, at 90 Trinity Place, on the morning of Sept. 19 because he wanted to show it off to friends, sources said.” So where, according to, did the lad show off his cool new toy to his friends? In the bathroom, naturally. He assumed it was empty, pointed it at a urinal and pulled the trigger. Guess what happened next . . .

Students and school officials heard the boom and initially thought it was fireworks — until a school safety officer found a shell casing on the bathroom floor a few hours later and told the school to call the police, sources said.

Guess the shattered porcelain wasn’t much of a clue.

After speaking to students and reviewing video surveillance, police arrested Morel in Gramercy Park that afternoon and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, treating him as an adult, according to the criminal complaint.

But mom says he’s such a good boy!

Morel told his mother he picked up the gun after he saw two men toss it in a trash can, and then he put it in his backpack and brought it to school, Cherrez, 48, said. “He’s not a troublemaker. He’s a good kid,” she said. “This is just something stupid. He said, ‘I didn’t know it would go off,’ Thank God he didn’t hurt himself or no one else.”

She said her family was rattled by the incident, but she hopes Morel can now get back to focusing on his studies.

Yeah, we’re sure he’ll be able to focus on his studies real hard on Riker’s Island. New York’s famous for the leniency it shows anyone caught illegally carrying a heater. Especially in schools. We’ll be sending Jason an IGOTD trophy and hope it helps him further his gunhandling eduction. Somehow. Some day.


  1. avatar Karl says:

    That urinal had it coming.

    1. It’s coming right for us!!!

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Poetic that the kid was pissed off at the urinal.

  2. avatar speedracer5050 says:

    What a pisser he is in!!!
    And what a dumbass!!! You can tell by the picture he really know’s all about gun safety.

  3. avatar Aharon says:

    I wonder why a .38 shell would end up on the floor if it was fired from a revolver? He is old enough to know (no excuses please) to see if the gun was loaded and not to pull the trigger which is how guns fire so shovel-it Ms. Morel that he is a good boy. BTW, is he making a gang sign in the photos? That emblem over his left side covering his heart looks like a gang patch. Anyone know if it is one?

    1. avatar Nathan says:

      I saw that too. Maybe a .380 ACP is what I’m thinking. Or, judging by the intelligence level of the individual, he may have opened the cylinder after he shot it and dropped the casing. If so, he needs to go back to crook school 101…oh wait, that’s where he probably is going.

        1. avatar Human Being says:

          And the plot thickened…

    2. avatar Skippy says:

      Indeed, my first thought, too. .38 super, maybe? .380 perhaps? More likely an ignorant reporter or ignorant PD/PR flack. I highly doubt Jason opened the cylinder and dropped a single case on the floor, but maybe there was just ONE round in just the RIGHT place in the cylinder.

    3. avatar Sanchanim says:

      Not sure on the gang symbol. The shirt has a 024 on it. I don’t think it is gang related. He is throwing a sign though. Guess he will learn what it is to be all gansta in jail. I called Bubba and told him I got him a gift! 😉
      Also they said they had video surveillance. Are they taking in the bathroom?

    4. avatar elnonio says:

      Clearly, he got it from a disgruntled NRA bullseye shooter that discarded his S&W Model 52 in the trash after a poor centerfire score…

    5. avatar Puyallup Devil_Doc says:

      No, that patch is just a logo. His hand looks like a gang sign though. I did some nosing around, but I couldn’t find that sign exactly..

  4. avatar dunsho says:

    don’t know much of the backstory, like if gun is legal, if jason morel was a problem student, etc, but maybe charging him as an adult shouldn’t be appropriated.

    1. avatar Levi B says:

      It said he picked up a gun he saw 2 men put in a trash can. If that wasn’t enough for him to call police, I’d say he was a criminal in training if not already accomplished.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Obviously, Morel never heard of Eddie Eagle.

  5. Im pretty sure Id shoot every toilet in a school named “Leadership and Public Service High School”.

  6. avatar Jwhite says:

    “Thank God he didn’t hurt himself or no one else.”

    She could use a little studying as well…

  7. avatar jwm says:

    Again, have to call BS on this being IGOTD. This was a criminal act from start to finish. Even if it went exactly as the poor yoot explained it he was a minor in possesion of a technically stolen handgun and he had no permit to carry and taking the gun to a school was a felony.

    This was Felony Wannabe Gangbanger Stupid.

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      Hey what a cool new offense.. FWGS! I say we give it a new designation on the blog! Then again I don’t think we could keep up with it…

      1. avatar Human Being says:

        Before it gets set in stone, I’d suggest it be Wannabe Gangbanger Felony Stupid. Better grammar and WGFS trips off the tongue easier.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I could go with that. My complaint with IGOTD is that the title suggests that a legal gun owner has a brain fart and does something bad.

          In cases like this nimrod he should never have had a gun by all the laws already on the books.

  8. avatar ohCriminy says:

    I thought they didn’t have guns in NY? Guess its time for a gun buyback program. Bloomberg can finance it.

  9. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    You know, from the sound of it, I thing the story was accurate. The young lad found it and of course wanted to be cool and show off to his friends. And of course he didn’t expect it to go bang. Who would knowingly shoot a toilet in a school and think nothing would come of it?

    This is a perfect case for why we should teach basic firearm safety to all children in schools. The training would take less than two hours.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      This is a perfect case for why we should teach basic firearm safety to all children in schools

      They should learn marksmanship, too. The schools could use new toilets.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    Interesting that the dear boy was arrested in Gramercy Park. That’s a private, two-acre, key-locked park open to residents only and not to the public. It’s one of only two private parks within NYC limits. The Gramercy Park area is kinda toney and not usually associated with guns or gangs.

  11. avatar Roll says:

    “But mom says he’s such a good boy!”

    Mah baby didn do Nuffin!

  12. avatar 6 gunner says:

    Shouldn’t it be irresponsible gun “possessor” of the day?

  13. avatar Chase says:

    Bunch of dinosaurs around here.

    Seriously he’s doing a shocker and no one noticed?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Chase, OFWG, what part of that job discription confuses you. What’s a “shocker”?

    2. avatar Joe Grine says:

      Generally, its a sexual reference… i.e. “two in the pink, one in the stink!” If anything, he looks he’s got a reverse shocker going on, assuming that is the intent.

    3. avatar Steve in MA says:

      That’s not a shocker, that’s one in the pink, two in the stink. ouch

    4. avatar Puyallup Devil_Doc says:

      Wrong fingers for the shocker. “2 in the pink, one in the stink” is first two fingers side by side, ring finger folded back, and pinky extended. I feel like a generational translator..

  14. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    He assumed it was empty, pointed it at a urinal and pulled the trigger. Guess what happened next . . . he shit his diaper

  15. avatar Wyett Yerp says:

    If he had a cousin, he’d look like Trayvon…. another asshole. Another “innocent” gangsta wannabe.

  16. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    Supports my theory that basic firearms safety is in the same category as sex ed for adolescents — kids are a danger to themselves and others without it. The only difference is that kids need firearms safety education MUCH earlier than sex ed, and like sex ed, it can NOT fixate exclusively on abstinence if it’s to be effective.

  17. avatar DaveL says:

    He saw two men throw a perfectly good handgun in the trash and he picked it up? That’s like buying a brand new Escalade off some guy for dirt cheap, with no title and just a few bloodstains on the upholstery.

  18. avatar Aharon says:

    Schools need to start teaching Common Sense 101.

  19. avatar squarebob says:

    Glad it was a .38 and not the deadly .09MM

    1. avatar Human Being says:

      I hate this new .09MM sub-caliber fad. Real men use .9MM, and if it was good enough for our forebears, it’s good enough for us.

  20. avatar jsallison says:

    I don’t have to look any further than that photo. Classic [email protected]$$ and not worthy of my time.

  21. avatar Tybeebum says:

    The hand sign he’s making is “one in the pink, two in the stink.” groogle it. Not so good for the “good boy” image mommy is trying to sell.

  22. avatar flboots says:

    Thats whats wrong with kids today. Their parents and adults in charge are to soft. He is old enough to know if the gun was loaded and the rules about bring it to school. What is it with the gang sign. The gang who uses that sign should kick his butt just for using it. If he wants to see a real gangster he needs to go check out the history of the 20s and 30s. He needs to be sent to jail. That’s my rant.

  23. avatar DerryM says:

    This arrogant 15-year-old punk has just brought ruin to his own life. Hope his 5 minutes of fame amongst his punk friends will sustain him through his jail term.

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