SARASOTA, Florida (AP) - Students are taught if there's trouble, to tell an adult. That's what a third grader and his older sister did when the boy sees a gun in a classmate's backpack.
They prevented a potentially dangerous situation, and the student with the gun faces a 10-day suspension and possible expulsion.
Brentwood Elementary's principal notified parents by phone and email late Wednesday afternoon.
The news left parent Viviana Ortiz stunned.
"Oh my God, everything... I was surprised, I was scared for my son and the other kids in the school," she says.
According to the Sarasota Sheriff's Office, the third grader took the gun -- a .22 caliber pistol -- from his mother's friend's home to show off at school. When his classmate told his fifth grade sister about the gun, she in turn she told his teacher.
"They found the boy's backpack and discovered there was a gun," says Scott Ferguson, the communications specialist for the Sarasota School District. "The students and the adults did what they were supposed to do. They acted quickly and the school is safe."
Ortiz says she is grateful to the two students. "Thank you, Thank you for talking, for telling them. We don't know what would have happened if they hadn't told the teacher or principal."
Sarasota deputies say the student will not be charged, nor will his mother's friend. Deputies say the student found the gun in personal items left behind by individuals who had returned to Mexico.
Ferguson says, "This situation is obviously very serious, regardless of the age of the student."
The student still faces disciplinary action. A committee will decide if he should be expelled.