(Memphis) A loaded gun was found on a Memphis City Schools elementary student Wednesday morning.
A Memphis police report states the 7-year-old boy had brought the loaded gun to school both Tuesday and Wednesday, but school staff did not find out until a student tipped them off Wednesday.
Police also said the gun was passed around among eight boys at the school, all of whom have been issued juvenile summons for carrying a weapon on school property. All boys are between 7 and 10 years old.
The 7-year-old who allegedly brought the gun has been expelled from Memphis City Schools.
As soon as school staff found out, they asked teachers to keep all children in place, inside the classrooms. They located the boy and the gun immediately and then called police.
Parents received the following letter when they picked up their children Wednesday afternoon.
Several mothers were upset that the school did not inform them sooner.
“It’s been here for two days and nobody knew. And that’s what’s scary, because it was loaded,” one mom said.
She said she feels the school should have been more upfront.
Another mother said she understood the school’s position, but still wants to see more done to prevent this type of occurrence.
“They wouldn’t have been able to do anything other than informing us better,” said Daschunna Mallory.
MCS said the school decided not to do a robo-call, because initial information kept changing. With police on campus for hours investigating the situation, they said they did not want to release inaccurate information to parents.
The school principal wrote in the letter that all parents should check children’s bags for inappropriate, illegal or dangerous items before they go to school.
Mallory said, “When you’re rushing so much in the morning, I can understand that. But still something needs to be done.”
In this case, she feels she needs to have a conversation with her daughter about speaking up when there’s a dangerous situation.
“We have a very big ‘don’t tell’ thing in our culture. And we need to start letting people know when something like this happens. Because someone could have easily gotten shot,” she said.