A second-grader brought a loaded gun to school Monday morning. No one was injured.
It was not immediately clear how school officials found out the student, whose name was not released, had the loaded weapon. Police were called to Gordon Bush Elementary.
Police Chief Michael Hubbard said the incident is still under investigation, and he had few details to release. However, he did confirm that police went to the school after receiving a call and removed the student and confiscated the weapon. He said the student’s parents were being interviewed by police.
East St. Louis District 189 Superintendent Arthur Culver released a statement confirming the incident.
“I regret to acknowledge that a loaded gun was recovered at Gordon Bush Elementary School today (Monday). No one was harmed. The safety of the students and staff is our priority. This matter is being investigated by the East St. Louis Police Department. I commend our staff for handling this in a timely and appropriate manner.”
Kelli Hawkins, director of public information for East St. Louis School District 189 said, district officials count on parents to have conversations with their children about gun safety. The school and the parents have to work together, she said.
It was not immediately clear what will happen to the student as far as whether he can return to Gordon Bush Elementary or not. The district is adhering to board policy regarding disciplinary action for the student, which means each individual incident has to be investigated before any disciplinary action is taken, Hawkins said.
The last day of school for East St. Louis School District 189 students is June 16.
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