KEARNS, Utah (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — District officials say a Utah sixth-grader was taken into police custody after bringing a gun to West Kearns Elementary School.
Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley tells The Salt Lake Tribune the 11-year-old boy hinted that he brought the gun Monday to defend himself if there were a shooting similar to one last week in Newtown, Conn. KSTU-TV reports the boy told classmates that his parents gave him the gun to bring to school for protection.
Horsley says two classmates reported the gun to a teacher about 45 minutes before school let out. District officials say the teacher “immediately apprehended the student,” and Granite District Police responded shortly after.
Horsley tells KSL an unloaded gun and ammunition were found in the boy’s backpack.
Some witnesses have reported the student pointed a gun at another child’s head, but Horsley says police haven’t confirmed the accounts.
“At recess, he pointed a gun to my head and said he was going to kill me,” sixth-grader Isabel Rios told KSTU.
Parents were upset that they were not notified right away to what happened.
“There was no lockdown. No one was called. Nothing was done. And then we had to hear it from our kids,” father John Klaus told the station.
Authorities say nobody was injured.
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