Police investigate how gun got in backpack of kindergartner

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:49pm
Staff reports

Metro police said Tuesday evening they are investigating exactly how a loaded pistol ended up in the backpack of a 6-year-old Carter-Lawrence Elementary School student.

The kindergartner alerted a teacher when he found the .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol in his backpack, police said, and therefore would not face charges.

Detectives believe the gun, which had one bullet in the chamber and an empty ammunition magazine, belonged to one of the student’s parents.

Police said they were told the gun may have accidentally ended up in the student’s backpack while the two items were inside the trunk of a car.

6 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 3/2/11 at 8:58

Whether by accident or not, this would be a totally
illresponsible act by a parent. Any means of a child
having access to a loaded gun are both unreasonable
and extremely dangerous to both the child, parent,
and public at large.

By: Nitzche on 3/2/11 at 9:10

George Bush did it!....oh, that has worn off over the past 2 years,,,ViVa Barry!

By: Antisocialite on 3/2/11 at 9:15

The parents should be barred from owning a firearm for as long as they have children under 18. If they are this irresponsible they should forfeit their right to bear arms... at least until no minors are in their custody.

If we bar criminals from possessing firearms based on their disregard for the law, why should these idiots be treated any differently? It may not be criminal, but it is definitely negligent.

By: GUARDIAN on 3/2/11 at 2:41

GUARDIAN- How about an older student putting it in the younger child's backpack to keep from getting caught. Use your brain left wing morons if you have one. There's several ways the gun could of got in the bag.

By: Antisocialite on 3/2/11 at 4:15

Ahh GUARDIAN, coming in to save us all from Occam's razor...

By: localboy on 3/3/11 at 12:57

."The kindergartner alerted a teacher when he found the .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol in his backpack, police said, and therefore would not face charges." They couldn't do anything to him anyway, after he flashed his permit...