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Update: 8 year old brings loaded gun to school

Posted: Updated: March 4, 2013 12:25 PM
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    UPDATE: Loaded Gun in School

    Monday, March 4 2013 8:00 PM EST2013-03-05 01:00:10 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A loaded gun brought into the Madison James Foster Elementary School leaves an 8 year old boy expelled.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A loaded gun brought into the Madison James Foster Elementary School leaves an 8 year old boy expelled.

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An 8 year old boy brought a loaded hand gun to Madison James Foster Elementary school today.

School officials received a tip the child had the gun at school. When confronted the boy told school officials he had a .22-caliber pistol in his backpack. The gun was loaded. Monroe Police Department Sgt. Mark Johnson says the boy was expelled from school and taken into police custody.

Johnson says because the child is too young to be arrested, he was released into his parents' custody. Johnson said the police are still investigating the incident and a report will be written and forwarded to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Johnson commends the school for their quick response, and for resolving the issue. Johnson says the gun never left the child's backpack.

Our Lyndsey Price is working on this story and will have complete reports and reaction on KNOE 8 News and here on KNOE.COM

Official Police Report:

On 03-04-13 at approx. 0815 hrs, the Monroe Police Department responded to a reported concealed handgun investigation at a local school.  School officials at Madison James Foster Elementary, located at 1310 Richwood Rd #1, acted on a tip that a student was in possession of a handgun.  School officials found an 8 year old male student to be in possession of a loaded .22 cal. pistol that was concealed inside a book bag.  The book bag was in close proximity to the student at the time of the contact.  The school official took the student and the book bag to the office and removed the threat from the common areas of the school.  Monroe Police were notified and responded immediately and took custody of the firearm and the student.  The student is to be expelled from the school per school policy. The student was released to the custody of his parents because the age of the offender does not meet the age of culpability in this state. This incident is being investigated by Monroe Police Detectives and a report will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office.   

  Monroe Police commend the fast and professional response of the school officials, especially in regards to acting on all information that promotes and ensures school safety.

 

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