Kindergartner brings gun to school in small Minnesota town


A kindergarten student brought a gun to school Tuesday in Benson, Minnesota, school officials say.

No one was injured, all are safe, and the school day continued on a normal schedule, district officials add.

Benson school officials notified the Benson Police Department and the Swift County Sheriff’s Department around 8:05 a.m. about a firearm at Northside Elementary School, located in the town of about 3,200 people roughly 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Other students learned the kindergartner had the weapon and told a teacher. Staffers immediately got a hold of the firearm, and no one was harmed.

"The Benson School system and Swift County Law Enforcement would like to assure parents that there was no intent by the child to cause harm and that everyone is safe," school officials said in a Facebook post (below). "The crisis plan was followed and all proper authorities were alerted. Safety is our foremost concern and we continue to review our crisis plan as an ongoing process. We take this incident very seriously."

The Swift County Monitor-News reports that the school district has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons that calls for immediate suspension, but it also notes that the superintendent has case-by-case discretion.

School officials posted the message to Facebook at about 11:30 a.m.

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No charges have been filed against the adult responsible for the weapon, although the investigation is ongoing, the Star Tribune reports.

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