Loaded gun brought by student to Sout...

Loaded gun brought by student to Southern Elementary today

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Interested

London, KY

#1 Apr 22, 2013
I am concerned about the situation that happened today. How can the school say it just "accidentially" got in the boys pocket and let it drop??? Where is the accountability? I have to wonder if this child was the child of a school employee or of "someone" in the community? I am sure that if it were my child, there would be much more action taken. Just interested in what the "whole" situation is with this. I will say the child did the right thing by telling the teacher and not just trying to get through the day and not get caught. However, I strongly believe that guy was brought intentionally. No child would not notice something in his pocket like that and there is NO reason that it was accessible in the first place.
Give Your Ideas

Somerset, KY

#2 Apr 22, 2013
What actions would you suggest the school system to take? The child was immediately apprehended by school officials and then by law enforcement. The child has been charged with a felony offense and has been placed in a juvenile detention facility pending further orders of the court. The school system sent home a letter explaining the facts to the parents of every child in the school. What more should have been done?

I was as upset as any parent when reading the letter. My first thought was that we should've recieved a one call about the situation, however all this would've accomplished was hysteria from several parents when the threat and child had already been removed from the school. Seems to me after reading the letter and statements from law enforcement that this situation was handle to the full extent of the law.
me too

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Apr 22, 2013
I too wondered the same things. Channel 18 made it sound like nothing at all was done. They need to be more thorough. I read on Channel 27 and got more info. I do think the parents should be the ones in hot water for allowing the child to have access to the gun. It should have been locked up. No child in elementary school is mature enough to handle a firearm unsupervised.
concerned

London, KY

#4 Apr 22, 2013
need more safety precautions, if this child wanted to harm anyone he was in the school, had the loaded gun with other kids coming an going, that goes to show you how easy it could be,no one knows who it was an for sure what was done. when your kids are at school you want them safe.
Get over it

London, KY

#5 Apr 23, 2013
It happened. It probably will happen again. Learn to deal with these things each time and become smarter. Whining about it here on this lame site is not going to make it better. Props to the officials and caution to parents to use better sense with fire arms that THEY bought and brought into their home. Yet another example of blame the media and blame the teachers. Idiots.
Grady

Somerset, KY

#7 Apr 23, 2013
Interested wrote:
I am concerned about the situation that happened today. How can the school say it just "accidentially" got in the boys pocket and let it drop??? Where is the accountability? I have to wonder if this child was the child of a school employee or of "someone" in the community? I am sure that if it were my child, there would be much more action taken. Just interested in what the "whole" situation is with this. I will say the child did the right thing by telling the teacher and not just trying to get through the day and not get caught. However, I strongly believe that guy was brought intentionally. No child would not notice something in his pocket like that and there is NO reason that it was accessible in the first place.
You probably should have waited until you knew all the facts before you posted this. The kid is in big trouble and rightfully so. I understand it was an accident and fully believe that BUT there are consequences to your actions even if it were an accident. I hope that the judge takes into consideration that this kid could have tried to hide what he did and not told anyone but he didn't because he knew it was a huge mistake. As for your statement of not knowing...I get where you are coming from but we are talking about a small caliber handgun that weighs roughly 9 ounces or less. It isn't that bulky and if the pants were baggy at all I can see where the kid didn't know he had it in his pants that he wore the night before.

The problem I have here is this.....The father took the boy shooting, fine not a big deal. Yet when they came back home he didn't make sure his guns were put up. He didn't tell his son, OK let me have the pistol so I can put it in a safe place. That is where I have a problem. In our house the kids aren't to touch our guns without us being with them but more than that they are locked up and safely put away. To me not knowing where you pistol is and allowing your 11 year old son to keep it in his room or pants apparently is far more concerning than the kid showing up and realizing it when he walks into school and telling a teacher.

I am betting the father will get some minor charge himself.
Really

London, KY

#8 Apr 23, 2013
Get over it wrote:
It happened. It probably will happen again. Learn to deal with these things each time and become smarter. Whining about it here on this lame site is not going to make it better. Props to the officials and caution to parents to use better sense with fire arms that THEY bought and brought into their home. Yet another example of blame the media and blame the teachers. Idiots.
This is your thoughts about something like this happening. After all the things that has happened to children,schools. If i were guessing, you dont have a child at school. This is a really big deal. You can blame parents,tv,games or anything else. It still doesn't help anything. I would like to know what the school is doing to teach the children just in case this happens. What happens when a child pulls out the gun in the middle of a crowd, or classroom. What are they teaching the kids to do. What safety plans are tought for their safety. They can wait and see what happens, or wait for a teacher to call another teacher. Do they get down on the ground,under the table, or what. What they are doing is not"NOT" GOOD ENOUGH. My child goes to school there and she was scared,not knowing what to do,or anything. Yeah they teach if something happens at the mall. Or a parent come in. What about this?? Or is this going to be another COLUMBINE. I seen the video. that school didn't have a plan,or anything. All it takes is ONCE
concerned

London, KY

#9 Apr 23, 2013
They need securit divices at all the doors an someone to monitor them, they have all these bingo charities for sports, safey should be the first concern
Wicked Witch

Somerset, KY

#10 Apr 23, 2013
concerned wrote:
They need securit divices at all the doors an someone to monitor them, they have all these bingo charities for sports, safey should be the first concern
My understanding is the county will be doing this over the summer
wondering

London, KY

#11 Apr 23, 2013
I can't help but wonder....could this child have intentionally brought the gun to school with intent to either scare or harm someone but, upon getting there got scared and regretted it? If it was that easy to bring the gun to school it would have been just as easy for that gun to get discharged and harm someone. We should be thankful that for whatever reason, the child told the teacher. The parent really needs to be held accountable here as well. They were highly negligent.
concerned

London, KY

#12 Apr 23, 2013
There was an incedent about 2mo. ago at the same school where a boy threaten to shot a couple of kids on the school bus, the parents of both kids went to school an they were told that they had talked to the boys parents an it was taken care of,
Thankful

Somerset, KY

#13 Apr 23, 2013
I called Southern Elementary School yesterday as I was very concerned! Ms. Carol was extremely professional and answered all my questions and assured me there was no reason to worry about the safety of the kids. She held it together as we'll as other staff.
anonymous user

Shelbyville, IN

#14 Apr 23, 2013
I'd say our community dodged a horrific tragedy today, by the grace of God. Pray it never happens here or anywhere else again.

“Well, What do we have here?”

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#15 Apr 24, 2013
The kid and the Parents need to be punished. How do you accidentally bring a loaded gun to school. The kid needs to be expelled and put into a juvenile detention center and or foster care. The parents need to go to jail for negligence. I see on facebook all kinds of people supporting this kid, saying that an accident shouldn't be punished because the kid told the teacher that he had it. I call BS. That kid brought the gun to school, got scared, and told on himself. You can't accidentally have a gun in your pocket and not know about it. Further more, why was an 11 year old packing a loaded pistol in his pocket to begin with. That is why I said the parents should have negligence charges brought against them. I am very pro-gun, and I think that everyone should be able to own and use guns with proper education. But clearly there was no education anywhere in this incident.
Your Moms Box

Somerset, KY

#16 Apr 24, 2013
I just hope that this will teach any other student who breaks a rule to not go to a teacher and tell them what they have done. Hopefully, next time some kid brings a gun, landmine, or rocket launcher to school accidentally, they neglect to tell a teacher out of fear of being punished.
true

London, KY

#17 Apr 24, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text> This is your thoughts about something like this happening. After all the things that has happened to children,schools. If i were guessing, you dont have a child at school. This is a really big deal. You can blame parents,tv,games or anything else. It still doesn't help anything. I would like to know what the school is doing to teach the children just in case this happens. What happens when a child pulls out the gun in the middle of a crowd, or classroom. What are they teaching the kids to do. What safety plans are tought for their safety. They can wait and see what happens, or wait for a teacher to call another teacher. Do they get down on the ground,under the table, or what. What they are doing is not"NOT" GOOD ENOUGH. My child goes to school there and she was scared,not knowing what to do,or anything. Yeah they teach if something happens at the mall. Or a parent come in. What about this?? Or is this going to be another COLUMBINE. I seen the video. that school didn't have a plan,or anything. All it takes is ONCE
What are they doing to teach our children what to do in these events.
MeLoco

Somerset, KY

#18 Apr 24, 2013
I find it very hard to believe an 11 year old would be unaware of the weight and bulk of even a compact pistol in his pocket.. How often does this kid carry a loaded gun in his pocket that it becomes common place? I believe he meant to take the gun. I'm not saying his intentions were malice. Maybe he just wanted to show it off and got scared. This very easily could have been a tragedy. He knew what he was doing was wrong. He tried to fix that wrong and hopefully the judge will take that into consideration, but he should be punished. Parents like these just give these politicians excuses to take peoples gun rights way. Whoever gave this kid access to the gun should be locked up.

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#19 Apr 24, 2013
Since the gun was a .25 , the weight was minimal - Now , why would any parent have a .25 anyway ?- The most useless crap ever invented - Leave the AR-15's alone and rid the world of this potmetal crap -
Tired

Lenoir, NC

#21 Apr 24, 2013
Knowitall9 wrote:
Since the gun was a .25 , the weight was minimal - Now , why would any parent have a .25 anyway ?- The most useless crap ever invented - Leave the AR-15's alone and rid the world of this potmetal crap -
They're moderately ok for plinking, but I'd get a 22. cheaper ammo and the weapons are more reliable in terms of not jamming and not exploding in your hand. It is concerning that the dad didn't keep track of it. Either he was negligent or the kid did deliberately swipe it
gomer-ez

Hazard, KY

#22 Apr 24, 2013
The school showed the kid that honesty is not the best policy.I'm not saying what he did was right.
From what I heard on the radio,he was suspended.
Let me see if I understand this.The law says I have to send my child to school,he makes a mistake and owns up to it.The school sends him home.What did this teach him about us grown ups?Next time lie and don't tell.I think the police had a bigger effect than sup pending him.Our teachers missed a good chance to teach.I'm not blaming the teachers,but our laws.

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