A handgun has been confiscated from an Ohio kindergartner walking into school after someone reported that the six-year-old boy appeared to have a heavy object in his pants.
Columbus police didn’t disclose whether the gun was loaded Friday when it was safely taken from a student at Columbus Africentric Early College.
A photo shared by police showed bullets with the seized firearm.
‘School staff was advised by a caller that a student was walking in with what appeared to be a heavy object in their pants,’ police said.
‘The student was encountered at the entry door and a handgun was quickly recovered from the student.’
Police say the boy won’t be charged because he’s so young. They’re investigating where he got the weapon.
WBNS-TV reports a principal said in a letter to parents that the student ‘will face appropriate discipline’ but didn’t specify what that would be.
Principal Tyree Pollard reiterated the Columbus schools’ zero-tolerance policy on weapons and urged families to talk with children about keeping such items out of schools.
‘The consequences of having a weapon outside of school can be even more extreme. Whether in the neighborhood or at home, young people at every age need to understand the dangers of having a gun, taser, or other type of weapon – even fake ones that look real,’ Pollard wrote, according to WBNS-TV.
‘We need families to have thoughtful age-appropriate conversations about the types of items that are never appropriate to bring to school.’