Benson Kindergartner Who Brought Gun to School Wanted to Show Friend

Updated: 05/07/2014 6:59 AM
Created: 05/06/2014 12:23 PM

Swift County sheriff's officials say all students at a Benson elementary school are safe after a kindergartner brought a gun to school in a backpack.
Sheriff John Holtz says other students at Northside Elementary became aware of the firearm Tuesday morning and notified a teacher. The gun was confiscated. Authorities say there was no apparent intent by the kindergartner to cause any harm.
Benson Police Chief Ian Hodge says the kindergartner was about 5 years old and brought the gun to school to show a friend. Hodge says the gun was not discharged on school property. He said the child is very remorseful about it.

Kayla Williams wants to know where the kid got the gun. "They shouldn't have had access to the gun in the first place. To me it should have been secured in the home," she said.

The question remains where the child got the gun; it's unclear if the gun was loaded or if the parents of the child will be charged.
Swift County Monitor-News reports that the school district has a zero tolerance for weapons, but the superintendent has discretion in determining a course of action for the student.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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