HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Authorities say an elementary student is in custody after bringing a gun to school.
The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office says officials at Rosspoint Elementary School reported one of its students was found with a gun in his backpack.
School officials say the student’s classmates told staff about the gun after the student told peers about having a holster. The staff says they found the unloaded gun in the student’s backpack with no ammunition.
Deputies say the student told them he forgot to take the gun out of his backpack after a camping trip with his dad over the weekend. They say his father confirmed that they had gone to the mountains and brought guns with them.
According to deputies, there were no threats made to anyone in the school.
School officials say they are taking the situation very seriously and they hope parents will talk to students about the severity of it.
“I realize we live in an area where hunting and shooting are common practice to many,” says Jim T. Whitaker, Harlan County Safe Schools Coordinator. “Parents should ensure that anytime young people have participated in such activities away from school that firearms and ammunition are secured in order to prevent such incidents.”
Deputies say the student was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property. They say the court designated worker was contacted and the student was placed in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.
Harlan County Board of Education says it will hold an expulsion hearing for the student.