Columbus police said that a student found an unloaded gun on the way to school on Tuesday.
According to Columbus police, a 10-year-old student at the Linden STEM Academy K-6, a Columbus City elementary school located on Cleveland Avenue, found the gun and brought it to school.
Police said the student put the gun into his backpack and took it to school.
According to police, while preparing for a fire drill later that afternoon, a staff member saw the bag, noticed that it was heavier than normal and discovered the gun.
Police said that the student is facing a charge of conveying a deadly weapon into a school.
Dee Staples, a parent of a second-grader at the school, said that she was glad no one was hurt.
“I’ve gone over procedures with him to make sure he knows what to do,” Staples said. “That’s all you can do: instill in your kids what to do when they’re not with you.’
Staples said that she also was glad that the school sent home a letter informing parents about what happened.
But Grandparent Herschel Alfred said that he thinks there should be more security.
“They should have maybe, metal detectors or whatever, at the doors, and keep it on lockdown until they figure out what these kids are up to,” Alfred said. “Even at elementary schools.”
Police said that they believed the student did find the gun because his parents told investigators they did not own any guns.
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