Kindergartner brings handgun to Ohio school, Columbus police say

Police confiscated a handgun from an Ohio kindergartner on Friday. 

The 6-year-old boy was spotted walking with the gun in his pants, according to Columbus Division of Police. School staff stopped him at the door to the entrance of the Africentric Early College school in Columbus, Ohio. A high school resource officer took the handgun, which appears with a magazine loaded with bullets from a photo shared on Facebook by police.

The child will not be charged because of his age, police said, but will face “appropriate discipline” according to a statement from the school, local TV station WSYX ABC 6 reports. 

“Whether in the neighborhood or at home, young people at every age need to understand the dangers of having a gun, taser, or other type of weapon — even fake ones that look real,” the school statement to parents obtained by ABC 6 reads. “We need families to have thoughtful age-appropriate conversations about the types of items that are never appropriate to bring to school.”

Police also urged gun owners to secure any weapons stored at home for the safety of others. 

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