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Third-grader brings gun to Fort Lauderdale elementary school
A third-grader at Walker Elementary School brought a gun to school this morning, police said.
The child, whose name was not released, showed the weapon to a classmate at around 10:40 a.m., police said. The classmate told a teacher.
School officials recovered the gun, questioned the student and called police.
The school was not placed on lockdown and no one was injured, police said.
The eight-year-old boy was charged with one count of bringing a weapon onto school property.
According to Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa, there was no bullet in the chamber when the student showed the gun to his classmate, but it did have a loaded magazine. When the gun was taken from the student, it was unloaded and the magazine was no longer attached. Sousa did not know the caliber of the weapon.
Police believe the student brought the gun from home, but the owner has not been determined, Sousa said.
The incident comes two days after Dillard High School sophomore Teah Wimberly shot and killed classmate Amanda Collette on campus.
Walker Elementary is located at 1001 Northwest 4 Street.
The Broward County School District has a zero-tolerance policy on bringing guns to school. Any student caught with a gun on school grounds is automatically suspended for 10 days, followed by expulsion proceedings, regardless of age, said Pam Brown, who oversees expulsions for the school district.
After a student brings a gun to school, the school prepares an expulsion package, talks with the students' parents and then that student is registered into the district's expulsion abeyance program. That program, at one of the district's alternative education centers, allows students to continue their studies while expelled.
If a student has good attendance, improves grades and completes counseling requirements, the expulsion is erased from the student's permanent record and the student moves back to a regular school, Brown said. Students in middle and high school also must complete community service hours.