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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Three kindergarten children shot when one brings a gun to Houston school

A kindergarten student at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Houston, Texas, brought a loaded handgun to school with him.  He was sitting down for lunch in the school cafeteria when it fell out of his pocket and discharged.

Three kindergarteners (2 boys and a girl, including a boy named Khoran Brown) were shot in their legs or feet.  One of those shot was the boy who brought the gun.

From the article:
Investigators said 25 kindergarten students were in the cafeteria for lunch when the gun fell out of the student's pocket and discharged about 10:20 a.m.
"By sitting at the cafeteria tables, they were one next to each other when it fell on the ground and it discharged. It grazed or hit some in the legs, lower parts (of the bodies)," said Sam Sarabia, a Houston Independent School District elementary education director.
HISD officials said three kindergarten students were injured by the bullet and bullet fragments.
Officials said a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl were wounded in the foot and a 6-year-old boy was wounded in the leg. None of the injuries was life-threatening. All three were taken to Texas Children's Hospital for treatment. They remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon.
"They're stable with minor injuries," said Dr. David Delemos with Texas Children's Hospital.
The student who took the gun to school was among those injured in the foot, HISD officials said.
(a related article with video)

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