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7-Year-Old Found With Loaded Gun at School

The boy has been suspended but is too young to face prosecution

A 7-year-old boy in Jefferson County, Alabama, was caught with a loaded gun at his elementary school Thursday.

Authorities say the boy was showing the snub-nosed revolver to another student when a teacher saw the gun and took it away. The boy was suspended and will face a disciplinary hearing but is too young to face criminal charges, AL.com reports.

“We don’t believe the 7-year-old had any ill intentions at all, just curiosity. In this case that could have been deadly,” sheriff’s deputy Randy Christian said. “Time and time again we have begged people to make sure guns were secure and out of reach for children. We are asking that again today.”


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