Kindergarten student brings loaded pistol to Ohio school

Kindergarten student brings loaded gun to Timber Lane Learning Center in Harrison Twp. (WHIO-TV)
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HARRISON TWP. — Deputies are investigating after a kindergarten student brought a loaded pistol to school.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Timber Lane Learning Center on the 2100 block of Timber Lane.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office report, deputies responded after a student found a loaded pistol in his backpack while trying to take out his homework.

The report also says the child told his teacher, “Oh, no my dad left his gun in my bag.”

Deputies spoke to the boy's mother's boyfriend who said the child had his book bag under the seat where he typically puts his gun when he goes to-and-from work and that he “must have pushed it into the open/unzipped backpack.”

The boyfriend does have a CCW permit, according to the report. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office report describes the gun as a small Ruger LCP .380 caliber pistol with one magazine inserted.

David Jackson, the superintendent of Northridge Schools, said it was the first time in his 17 years with the district a gun was discovered in one of the schools. He said the issue is something the district prepares for but at no time Tuesday were students or staff in danger.

“He did the right thing, reporting it to his teacher right away,” Jackson said. “With the culture and climate of our world, at any time a handgun is in the building, it’s a huge concern.”

The boy was allowed to remain in school Tuesday following the incident but will not be in class until the district further examines the incident, Jackson said.

“We do have zero-tolerance policies and board policy about disciplinary actions … that I am reviewing and looking at and working through right now,” he said. “Those decisions will be made, but haven’t been made at this point.”

Jackson said an automated call went out to parents during the afternoon followed by another notification in the evening after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded.

A deputy visited the family’s home and found it neat and clean, according to the report which mentioned the man’s hunting gear was secured in a safe manner.

Deputies determined there was a “lack of criminal element” and decided no charges would be filed.