An 8-year-old 2nd grader at Park Avenue Elementary School told officers that he has no idea why he brought a loaded 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol to school today. A teacher saw the gun this afternoon and was escorting the student to the office when the pistol fell from his pants. The principal secured it and notified authorities.
It appears that the student found the gun in his guardian’s dresser drawer. Given his age, the student was permitted to leave school in the custody of his guardian. Youth Services officers will be sending a report to Juvenile Court for review.
Firearm owners are strongly urged to use trigger locks or locking gun cases, and store weapons well out of the reach of minors.