Student brings gun to elementary school

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Officials at a South Bay elementary school have scheduled two meetings with parents to discuss safety after a student brought an unloaded handgun  to the campus last Friday.

The 11-year-old boy brought the .44-caliber handgun to Feaster Charter School in a backpack to show a few other students on Jan. 31, police said. He didn’t wave it around or threaten anybody, they added.

One of the students who saw the gun told his parents about the incident, and they reported the incident to school officials on  Feb. 3. The school called police, who sent an officer to investigate. Police identified and interviewed the students involved, all of whom cooperated with the investigation.

“At no time was anyone threatened with the weapon on campus.  As far as we can gather, the weapon was unloaded at the time of the incident,” said Sgt. Matt Smith with the Chula Vista Police Department.

The boy told investigators his interest was piqued when he saw his mother’s boyfriend cleaning the gun. He took it from his mother’s bedroom without her knowledge. Police have since confiscated the handgun.

Some parents were upset the school didn’t notify them sooner about the incident.  The school sent out a notice Thursday — nearly a week later.

“We wanted to make sure we had all the facts straight before informing parents.  We made the best decision we could to protect everybody,” said Assistant Principal Sarah Motsinger.

School officials have scheduled meetings for Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. to brief parents on the incident and answer questions.  They have not decided what disciplinary action, if any, they will take against the boy.

On Jan. 29, a student at Serra High School in San Diego was allegedly discovered with a gun near the campus. The student reportedly told school officials that he was carrying the gun because he had been bullied. That case also remains under investigation.

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