Gun Brought to St. Paul School by First-Grader Goes Off, No Injuries

November 18, 2016 08:51 AM

No one was hurt after the gun a 7-year-old student brought to Crossroads Elementary School in St. Paul Thursday went off.

According to Sgt. Mike Ernster with the St. Paul Police Department, his department was made aware of the incident at 8:40 a.m.

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Authorities are investigating how the first-grade student was able to get .38-caliber revolver inside the school, as well as the circumstances leading up to the gun going off.

According to a Saint Paul Public Schools statement, the gun was brought into a classroom and went off into the floor. There were about 26 students in the room at the time.

No threats were directed at staff and students. School staff immediately confiscated the weapon.

A St. Paul Public Schools spokeswoman said the school has security access doors but that the doors are not locked when students are entering at the beginning of the school day and when they leave. She added that schools in the SPPS district do not have metal detectors.

The spokeswoman said the district's crisis communications team was at the school and will remain there for the rest of the day to assist.

Many students at Crossroads were out of school Thursday because this week is an optional "intersession" for students who want or need extra work.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi released a statement about the incident saying, in part, "In light of the incident today in which a 7-year-old child brought a loaded gun to school in our community, I want to issue an important reminder to parents: If you own a gun, it is not only your responsibility to lock up your gun and keep it stored safely away from children, it is the law."

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