An 8-year-old boy has been suspended after taking an unloaded handgun to his school Wednesday, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
The gun was discovered after the Dreaming Summit Elementary School pupil told a friend that he had it in his bag.
“The friend’s mother was at the school for lunch and was told about the weapon,” said Officer Chris Hegstrom, a spokesman for the Office. “The mother alerted school officials and the 8-year-old [boy was] questioned.”
The handgun was unloaded, and the boy did not have any bullets or ammunition magazines, Hegstrom said.
The boy was suspended and the gun returned to the parents, who didn’t know the child had taken it, he said.