An 8-year-old student from Springfield, Ohio, allegedly brought a gun to school in his backpack on Tuesday, Feb. 20, police reported.
The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was placing homework in his book bag. Authorities responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. and arrested the child for questioning, reported Dayton Daily, citing police.
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Police said the unnamed student brought the gun to school because he had thought another student was going to hurt him.
The student could have faced a charge of illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone but will instead face discipline in accordance with Springfield City School Districts student code of conduct, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill, during an update at around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Hill has praised the staff at the elementary school for their quick response and dedication to keeping the students safe.
In a similar case, an elementary student from Durham, North Carolina, also brought a gun to school on Monday, Feb. 19. The student immediately turned in the firearm to school administration without incident, according to ABC News.
Police were called and are currently investigating the matter. Some parents from the elementary school expressed their concern about the incident.
“I was really shocked,” Julius Prescott, a Durham parent, told ABC News.
“Wow, an elementary school student with a handgun. Thank God nothing bad happened,” she added.
“Obviously if [sic] they got up and left home without the parent checking in their book bag, checking to see what’s going on, what’s going on in the household,” another parent, Pamela Whitlow, told the news station.
“So I’m kind of disappointed. I’m disappointed,” she added.