Police: Second-grader brought loaded handgun to St. Paul school

The gun was found in the boy's backpack.
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A loaded handgun was found in the backpack of a second grader at a St. Paul elementary school on Wednesday.

The discovery was made around 10:20 a.m. by a member of staff at Highland Park Elementary, who called in the school's resource officer.

The officer recovered the loaded gun, though it did have a trigger lock attached that rendered it inoperable, St. Paul Police Department spokesman Steve Linders told BMTN.

It turns out the boy's mother had reported the gun stolen on Sunday, and now appears the boy had it the whole time.

Because the boy is 7 years old, he will not face any charges, however it is possible that his mother could be charged depending on how the gun was stored at home.

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In an email to parents, per KARE 11, Principal Nancy Flynn said the school followed safety procedures and will also follow "standard discipline procedures" with the student.

"We will not tolerate any behavior that puts our school, students or staff at risk," she wrote.

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