Pupil brings loaded gun to school

Kinder­garten stu­dent finds pis­tol in back­pack in Mont­gomery County.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Chris Ste­wart Staff Writer Con­tact this re­porter at 937-2252442 or Chris.Ste­wart@cox­inc. com.

A kinder­garten stu­dent brought a loaded pis­tol to class Tues­day, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined there was a “lack of crim­i­nal ele­ment” and de­cided no charges would be filed against the stu­dent’s mother or her boyfriend who owns the gun, ac­cord­ing to a Mont­gomery County sher­iff ’s re­port.

Deputies re­sponded to the Tim- berlane Learn­ing Cen­ter in Har­ri­son Twp. at around 10 a.m. af­ter the stu­dent found a loaded pis­tol in his back­pack while tak­ing out his home­work, a sher­iff ’s of­fice re­port showed.

“Oh, no, my dad left his gun in my bag,” the child told his teacher, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, which de­scribes the gun as a Ruger LCP .380 cal­iber pis­tol with one mag­a­zine in­serted.

Deputies spoke to both the mother and the man who drove the boy to school. The man said the child had his book bag un­der the seat of his pickup where he typ­i­cally puts his gun when he goes to-and-from work. He “must have pushed it into the open/ un­zipped back­pack,” the re­port read.

The man hasavalid CCW per­mit and nei­ther he nor the boy’s mother have a crim­i­nal his­tory, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

David Jackson, 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 af­ter the in­ci­dent but will not be in class un­til the dis­trict fully ex­am­ines its poli­cies, 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.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, no charges will be filed in the case.

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