Boy, 11, Brings Loaded Gun to School (Video)

An unidentified 11-year-old boy brought a loaded .25-caliber pistol to Kingsley Middle School in Traverse City, Mich., on Monday.

Another unidentified student told a teacher about the boy's gun. The teacher notified a school employee who told Principal Vaughn White.

Principal White and a school resource officer went to the fifth grader's class, took the boy to another room, searched him and found the loaded gun tucked in the boy's waistband (video below).

The school was not placed on lockdown by Principal White, a move which Kingsley Area Schools Superintendent Keith Smith supports.

"I think he did make the right call," Smith told the Record-Eagle. "The bigger issue would have been that [a lockdown] would have alerted the kid we were coming for him."

"Until [the boy] has a hearing with the board, he will not be back in school," added Smith.

"I am anticipating we will be submitting the report to the prosecutor requesting some sort of charge, what that charge is I'm not sure of yet," said Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nate Alger. "We are still investigating, talking to students, things of that nature, trying to figure out why he brought the firearm to school."

"This student brought the firearm to the school knowingly. He had shown it to students previously," added Undersheriff Alger.

Parents received automated phone calls on Monday about the incident and how the school was safe, but some decided to keep their kids home on Tuesday.

"I didn't know if it was still going to be safe," parent Charity Darling told 9 and 10 News.

The boy reportedly took the gun from his grandfather's home, but there's no word on how that occurred.

Sources: Record-Eagle, 9 and 10 News


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