Elementary student disciplined after bringing gun to school

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A fifth-grade student was cited by police after bringing their parents' handgun to school to show off to their friends.

Police say the child carried the gun to school in their backpack and just wanted to let their friends see it. The child never tried to use it or display it in a threatening manner, and the gun was reportedly unloaded. Security personnel were notified that there was a gun on campus and were able to quickly get it away from the student without further incident.

The parents reportedly did not know their child got their hands on the handgun.

The student, who attends Mountain View Elementary School in Academy School District 20, was cited for possession of a weapon on school grounds.

The child's age and gender were not released.

The following letter was sent out to parents:
Dear Parents,
Thank you for partnering with us to teach children about going to an adult when something is not safe. That message is so consistently communicated, both at school and at home, our students did just that.

Yesterday our students acted appropriately and went to an adult when hearing about a weapon on campus. Within moments the unloaded gun, as reported by CSPD, was in the hands of adults and police.

In times like this, it is natural to seek out specifics. We can report the gun was never fired and there was never an intent to threaten or intimidate anyone. However, beyond that, we are not at liberty to provide any additional information.

Please know the safety of your child is of the utmost importance. We will continue to educate our children so they tell an adult when worried or when they sense something is unsafe. We will also continue to work closely with District Security and local law enforcement.

Today our staff and teachers spent time talking with some students to help them appropriately process yesterday's events. If you feel that your student needs any additional supports, please feel free to reach out to a teacher or to me to let us know.

Again, thank you for your support and partnership. It is our privilege to educate your children each day. We will continue to work diligently to keep them safe in our care.


Jill Hooper