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Ten Incidents in the Past Week of Guns Being Brought to Schools

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According to David Waldman of The Daily Kos, there were ten instances last week of guns being brought to schools. As part of his “GunFAIL” series, in which Waldman documents news reports of accidents involving guns, shootings, and other such incidents. Most of the ten stories listed on the site involving guns being brought to schools involved children of varied ages bringing their guns to school, but not threatening anyone.

The most controversial of these stories happened in Kansas City, Mo. involving a man identified only as a Park Hills school district employee who brought his gun on campus in his vehicle. While the employee does have a concealed carry permit, the district has made their campuses gun-free zones since the Newtown school shooting last December. The man resigned.

In Providence, R.I. a 15 year-old boy is accused of trying to sell both a .22 caliber pistol and marijuana to his classmates. Later, the boy brandished the loaded pistol in front of other students when a fight broke out nearby. The boy, whose name is not being released, was referred to family court, facing both drug and firearms charges.

Incidents in Chattanooga, Tenn. Clarksburg W.V., and Nashville, N.C. involved elementary schoolchildren bringing unloaded weapons to school with them. The students involved have been suspended and could face expulsion, with no reasons given for why the students had the firearms. Although in Clarksburg, Mountaineer Middle School says up to four students could face punishment.

The incidents in Mobile, Ala., Gainesville, Fla., Paramus N.J., Knoxville, Tenn., and Shreveport, La. all involved teenage students, although none seemingly had any inclination or motivation to use the weapons, but that is mere speculation. There is also no word on whether or not any charges will be brought against the parents or guardians of these children.