Student brought gun, knife to Orange County elementary school
Weapons found in child's backpack at Endeavor Elementary School, officials say
Local 6 has learned a student brought weapons to an Orange County elementary school on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at Endeavor Elementary in Hunter's Creek.
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According to sheriff's deputies, a 9-year-old boy told other students before school started at around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday that he had weapons in his backpack.
"The three students immediately reported this to the school resource officer and the child was immediately sequestered from other children," said Principal Sharon Jenkins on a recording sent to parents.
Upon investigation, an unloaded handgun, a magazine with six bullets, a kitchen steak knife and a small handled sledge hammer were found in the child's backpack.
"There could have been a lot more bullets, if he had access to six, how many does he have access to?" said Pam Bishard, a parent.
Bishard said the child who immediately told adults on campus about the weapons deserves praise.
"That kid should be rewarded and treated as a hero almost, because he probably prevented maybe something from tragically happening," she said.
All district protocols were followed, officials said.
There is no indication that the child was going to harm anyone, according to school board spokesperson Kathy Marsh.
The student could face charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds, possession of a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.
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