A 25-year-old western Kentucky man has been arrested and charged after his girlfriend's first grade son brought a loaded handgun to school in his backpack. Aaron Larue was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and later released on $25,000 surety bond.
Caldwell County school superintendent Carrell Boyd said Larue stashed the .38-caliber gun in the boy’s backpack to hide it from friends. According to Boyd, the youngster and the boy's mother weren't home at the time. The man told school officials he forgot about the gun.
It was discovered the next day when the boy went to put something in his bag. He did not say anything about the gun at the time.
"He was scared to death," Boyd said. "He didn't know who had done that."
He did tell two of his classmates about the gun on the bus home from school. One of their mothers called the school that afternoon.
Boyd and some police officers went to check it out. Larue and the boy's mother answered every question.
"It's a story that's almost unbelievable," Boyd said. "But at the same time, we believe them to be the actual facts."
According to Boyd, this situation is an example of why it is important for everyone to do their part in order to keep schools safe, WPSD reported.
"We have to work together to ensure an environment is safe at home as well as at school," Boyd said. "Our kids are going to be safer when we work together. It's that simple."