Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Gun brought to Virginia elementary school by student

From the article:
Two students were arrested in Washington County Virginia. News 5 learned a loaded gun was brought to Meadowview Elementary Friday afternoon. 
We checked with the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office, Captain Blake Andis says the gun was never fired and no one was hurt. 
We're told the incident happened around three o'clock. One of those students brought the gun and authorities are not releasing how the other was involved. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

UPDATE (3/19/12):  Apparently the gun was brought by two boys, ages 10 and 12, with the intention to murder a number of individuals.  From the follow-up article:
Police are still investigating what led two students to bring the gun to school. Now the children, 10 and 12 years old, are in the Highland Juvenile Detention Center.
On Monday they were in court. The juvenile judge decided to keep them in police custody. Both are charged with bringing a gun to school and conspiracy to commit capital murder. 
"It is of the utmost seriousness, but that's every indication to law enforcement what was happening, which was conspiracy to kill multiple individuals at that school that day and for both of them to flee," explains Commonwealth's Attorney Nicole Price. 
Sheriff Fred Newman says the gun belonged to a family member of one of the boys and that person could be facing charges as well. "Make sure parents and grandparents and other family members secure their weapons because obviously, had the weapon been secure I don't think the kids would have brought it to school," adds Newman.
UPDATE (3/22/12):  The gun came from one of the student's grandfather, who has now been charged with delinquency of a minor.

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