Elementary School Student Brings Loaded Gun to School

Elementary School Student Brings Loaded Gun to School

Police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy brought a loaded handgun to school in St. Joseph Tuesday.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy brought a loaded handgun to school in St. Joseph Tuesday.

According to Steve Huff with the St. Joseph School District, the child brought the gun to Lindbergh Elementary, but did not make any threats.

Huff said a staff member at the school saw the gun when the boy showed it to his friends at the school. Administrators immediately confiscated the gun and the child was taken to the principal's office. The child was sent home from school with a parent.

An officer with the St. Joseph Police Department said the gun was a semi-automatic handgun. He said they have been able to determine where the gun came from, but they are still investigating how the child was able to get the gun.

Police have questioned the parents. They would not comment on any possible charges at this time as the investigation continues.

Dr. Jake Long, with the St. Joseph School District, said bringing any kind of firearm to school is a violation of the district's Safe Schools Policy. He would not comment on any punishment for the student, but said administrators are taking this very seriously.

He said the principal has the option to suspend a student for up to 10 days. Any disciplinary action beyond that would need administrative approval.

The district sent a letter home with parents to notify them about the investigation.

Stay with KQ2 and stjoechannel.com as we learn more about this developing story.
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