7 Yr Old Brings Gun To School!!
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#1 Jan 18, 2013
7-year-old shows up at Queens school with handgun, ammunition in backpack
A school safety agent at the Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway discovered the .22-caliber handgun in a second-grade student's backpack. It's not clear whether the gun was loaded.
BY JOSEPH STEPANSKY , ROCCO PARASCANDOLA AND JOHN LAUINGER / NEW YORK
An NYPD officer discovered a student brought a gun to Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway at about 8 a.m.
A 7-year-old Queens student showed up for school Thursday with a handgun, flare gun and ammo in his bookbag, prompting kids to huddle in classrooms during a building-wide lockdown.
A safety agent discovered the .22-caliber handgun and a flare pistol after the boy’s mother notified the principal of Wave Preparatory Elementary School in Far Rockaway two hours after dropping off her child, police sources said.
The bag also contained a 10-round ammunition magazine and loose bullets, the sources said, but it was not clear if the gun was loaded.
The horrifying post-Newtown drama unfolded shortly after the mother dropped off her second-grader — only to return home to be told by a family member that the boy had taken the gun, ammo and a flare gun, to school.
The mom rushed back to the campus, and pulled her son out of class, saying he had a dental appointment, police sources said.
Her son told her he’d given the gun to a classmate — though this turned out to be untrue, the sources said. The mother then fessed up to the principal, who called for a lockdown that sent terrified students scurrying for safety in fear that a gunman was stalking the halls.
“On the loudspeaker, the principal told us there was someone near the school with a gun; she said everybody had to go to a little corner where he couldn’t see us,” said Santos Hercules, 11, a fifth-grader.“We had to stay quiet till it passed...I felt scared, but I wasn’t too scared because I knew I had to be strong.”
Shakyla Howard, 8, a third-grader, said her classroom didn’t have a lock.
“They made us turn off the lights and hide behind the teacher’s desk next to the closets,” she recalled.“After that, they just told us to be quiet. Our teacher almost started crying because she didn’t want us to get hurt. She knew there was no lock”
During the alert, school safety agents questioned the boy and his friend, who had the flare gun, but not the real gun, the sources added.
But the safety agents then tracked down the bookbag, and found the weapon and bullets.
The boy, whose name the Daily News is withholding because of his age, and his mother were taken to the 101st Precinct stationhouse for questioning.
Investigators were looking to speak with the second-grader’s 21-year-old brother, who has a criminal record. They believe he may have been the gun’s owner, the sources said.
Parents were frustrated at a lack of answers from school officials. Shakyla’s stepfather, Lawrence Clark, 44, said children came home stonewalled him when he tried calling and sent children home with a letter that mentioned the lockdown but didn’t tell the whole story.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/7-...
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