Michigan school catches 5th grader with loaded gun and list of names
Authorities in Michigan said this week that a student who brought a gun to school also had a list of names of students who he wanted to harm.
A student informed a teacher at Kingsley Middle School Student that the student had brought the gun to school on Monday, The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.
The teacher notified Principle Vaughn White, who immediately contacted the school resource officer, and removed the student from the classroom. During a search of the child, a .25-caliber handgun was found in his waistband. A single round was in the chamber, but it was the wrong size.
The gun was thought to belong to his grandfather, and was not thought to be operational.
“Obviously the child made a poor judgement call,” Kingsley Area Schools Superintendent Keith Smith said at the time. “The reality is the kid had a gun with a bullet in the chamber in a school, and that’s not OK.”
The case took a turn on Wednesday when a teacher found a list of names on the back of one the student’s homework assignments, according to the Record-Eagle. Authorities said that it was clear from the title of the document that the student intended to hurt the other children who were on the list.
School officials said that they were not able to notify all of the students on the list because only first names were used, and many of the names were misspelled.
In a press release, the sheriff’s office noted that the student had said that he had not intended to harm any of the students, and that he had not directly threatened them.
“It’s obviously not consistent with what was brought to school,” Smith said. “A gun with one bullet doesn’t line up with a list of names, but you’ve still got to take it seriously. That’s why we turned it over to police.”
The boy was suspended for 10 days, the maximum punishment possible without a decision from board members. Smith said that the school would be requesting additional discipline.
The sheriff’s office was also considering filing charges against the boy as a juvenile for carrying a firearm in a gun-free zone.
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