6-year-old brings gun to Springfield school: 3 things to know now


A 6-year-old student at Kenwood Elementary School in Springfield was taken to juvenile detention after allegedly bringing a loaded gun to the school on Thursday. Here’s three things to know now about the ongoing investigation.

» RELATED: Police: 6-year-old brought loaded gun to Springfield school

1. Boy allegedly finds loaded gun, brings it to school

According to a letter sent home with students and given to the Springfield News-Sun, a student was found with a weapon at Kenwood Elementary School before the start of classes Thursday.

Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said the 6-year-old child brought the loaded handgun to school in his backpack. After speaking to the student, the child said he found it in an unlocked car while walking to school that morning, he said.

» TRENDING: Crypto outbreak linked to calves in Clark, Champaign counties

2. Swift response from staff

Graf said a teacher from the school noticed the gun and brought both the weapon and boy to the principal’s office. No children or staff were hurt.

Kenwood Principal Ally Thurman said in the letter given to parents that law enforcement was immediately notified and the situation was handled quickly.

“The student will face discipline in accordance with our student code of conduct,” she said “As you are aware, the safety and security of our students will always be our top priority.”

The boy was taken to the juvenile detention center.

» READ MORE: After Florida school shooting, retailers weigh in on gun control debate

3. Springfield City Schools issues statement

Springfield City Schools Superintendent Bob Hill said in a statement student and staff safety is paramount in the district.

“At Springfield City School District, student and staff safety is our No. 1 priority,” he said in the statement. “Anyone involved in breaching that safety will face serious disciplinary actions and additional consequences to the maximum extent of the law.”

The situation at Kenwood comes in the wake of several incidents at Springfield-area schools in recent weeks, including a Springfield High School student being arrested for making threats against the school on Facebook and an 8-year-old boy bringing an unloaded gun to Simon Kenton Elementary School.

» MORE COVERAGE: Mechanicsburg Middle School student accused of issuing threats



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

Cooler, fall-like weekend
Cooler, fall-like weekend

Much cooler air this weekend Fall officially begins at 9:54 p.m. Saturday More unsettled weather arriving next week Today: A much cooler day expected today with lots of clouds. Temperatures will start in the 50s then slowly rise to the middle 60s by this afternoon. A light breeze is expected throughout the day, making it feel slightly cooler....
California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop
California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  The photograph was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop...
Hurricane relief donation collection at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood
Hurricane relief donation collection at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood

Hurricane relief donations are being collected in the Dayton area on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Ohio Senior Resources, in collaboration with God’s Grace Food Pantry, will be in the back parking lot of Company 7 BBQ, 1001 S. Main Street, to collect toiletries and essential items for hurricane relief...
Alabama boy, 13, found naked and chained in home
Alabama boy, 13, found naked and chained in home

A woman, her husband and her mother were arrested on child abuse charges Thursday after a 13-year-old boy was found naked and chained in a central Alabama home, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  Nicole Martin, 32, Joshua Daniel Martin, 26, and Vickie Seale Higginbottom, 58, were charged with torture and willful abuse of a...
Going bananas: Texas agents find $18M worth of cocaine in pallets of fruit
Going bananas: Texas agents find $18M worth of cocaine in pallets of fruit

Pallets of bananas that went unclaimed at port near Houston yielded a bunch of cocaine worth nearly $18 million, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  A business in Freeport, Texas, offered two pallets of the fruit to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because they had not been claimed at the Ports of America, the television...
More Stories