Second-Grader Brings Handgun to School

Police say gun was loaded with two rounds

Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 12:14 AM CDT
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Second-Grader Brings Handgun to School

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Richland Hills police said the boy tried to put the gun on his classroom desk when it fell to the floor at Richland Elementary School

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A Richland Hills couple is under investigation after an 8-year-old second-grader brought a loaded handgun to school.

A police statement said the boy tried to put the gun on his classroom desk when it fell to the floor at Richland Elementary School. His classmates told the teacher, who confiscated the gun and took the child to the office to await police.

Sgt. Nathan Stringer said it's a miracle the gun didn't discharge, and that the boy told officers he had no reason to bring the gun to school. Police said the gun was loaded with two rounds.

"The safety was not engaged and we -- several of us -- believe it was a miracle that the gun actually didn't go off when it hit the ground," Stringer said.

The boy wasn't charged because of his age, but Stringer said his mother and her boyfriend may be charged with allowing the child access to a firearm. No names were released.

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