|Updated: 4/26/2012 5:45 pm
||Published: 4/26/2012 9:18 am
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Deputies say an eight-year-old second grader brought a loaded gun to Daisy Bates Elementary School in Pulaski County today. Deputies don't believe the student had any malicious intent, and say no one was injured.
Because of Arkansas law, the student can't be charged with any crime because he's younger than 10 years old. Deputies don't believe the student's parents will be charged with a crime either. That's because deputies say the gun was in some sort of gun safe, meaning there was no willful neglect.
April Farris, the parent of a fourth grader at Daisy Bates, said she is very surprised by the incident, but the thinks the school handled it properly.
"It's shocking, but the school handled it well," said Farris. "They contacted all the parents and let us know what's going on."
Administrators say the second grader brought the gun to school to show a friend.
"The friend did the right thing," explained Pulaski County Special School District Spokesperson Deb Roush, "got to school, told the teacher, the teacher got the backpack, immediately took it to the office and authorities were contacted."
The district also sent a letter to parents, explaning what happened. They say they'll recommend the second grader for expulsion, as is their policy.
"This is the outcome that we could hope for," said Roush, "but it is a very scary thing."
Now the school is also planning an extra gun safety assembly for next week.