KEARNS, UT - An 11-year-old boy will face charges after he brought a .22 caliber handgun to school and threatened to kill a classmate.
The unidentified sixth-grader at West Kearns Elementary reportedly pulled the gun from his backpack during morning recess. He showed the gun off to classmates, telling them his parents had encouraged him to bring the gun in light of the Sandy Hook shootings.
When a fellow student threatened to tell on him, the boy allegedly aimed the gun at her head then threatened to kill her if she didn’t keep yer trap shut.
“He pulled out a gun and he put it to my head — me and my friend — (and) said he was going to kill us,” Isabelle Rios said. “I told him I was going to tell, but he said, ‘If you tell, I’m going to kill you.’”
So Isabelle kept her mouth shut until around 3:00 that afternoon when she finally told a teacher. That teacher immediately took the boy into physical custody and retrieved the unloaded gun, along with some ammo, from the boy’s back pack. He was taken to the principal’s office and police were called.
The boy was placed in juvenile hall and has been suspended from school. Criminal charges are expected to be filed against him by the end of the week. Police are also investigating how the boy got the gun, and what involvement his parents may have played, if any.
Some parents kept their kids out of school the following day and expressed their frustration with the school for the way they handled the situation.
“There was no lockdown. No one was called. Nothing was done. And then we had to hear it from our kids,” said John Klaus, the father of a student at West Kearns Elementary.
But Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley said they didn’t feel there was need for any of that because the situation was handled so quickly and they did not want to panic students.
“Once the teacher knew there was a weapon in the classroom, the student was apprehended in 30 to 45 seconds and immediately brought down to the office and the police were on site within five to 10 minutes,” said Horsley.Tags: gun, Juvenile, school, Utah, West Kearns Elementary