Ohio police have a warning for parents after a 6-year-old boy walked into his school with a loaded gun.
On January 11, Columbus Division of Police posted on Facebook that they were called to a local elementary school after a kindergartner was spotted with “a heavy object in their pants” that turned out to be a handgun.
School staff had been warned about the child and stopped him from entering the school. Police said:
The student was encountered at the entry door and a handgun was quickly recovered from the student.
Columbus police added that the weapon was loaded.
The school resource officer was able to quickly handle the situation and then the authorities took it from there, the Facebook post read:
This is a K-12 school and the CPD High School Resouce Officer was advised & took the handgun (see attached photo).
CPD’s Gun Crimes Unit is investigating. The child will not be charged because of his age. The investigation is ongoing.
Following the incident, Columbus Division of Police said parents should take it as a warning and secure their weapons at home. They wrote:
If you’ve taken the time to read this post please take the time to make sure guns in your home are secure for your safety and for the safety of others.
In November, a 4-year-old Indianapolis girl was killed when her 3-year-old brother got ahold of an “easily accessible” unsecured gun.
The children were under the supervision of their grandmother at the time, but she is not facing any charges, Dearly reported.
According to the Firearms Industry Trade Association, guns should be unloaded when they aren’t in use.
Additionally, the gun and ammunition should be stored separately in safe places. That way children cannot accidentally get ahold of a loaded weapon.
It’s unclear how the 6-year-old boy in this case obtained the gun, or if his parents are facing any legal repercussions.