OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) — Authorities are questioning a student who brought a gun to an Oakland Park School Tuesday morning.
Youngsters at North Andrews Garden Elementary School did the right thing – they saw something and said something.
It led to the disarming of a pistol-packing 10-year-old.
Broward School Board officials said the student brought a small unloaded gun to school for show and tell. The student proceeded to show the firearm to others kids, who then told their teacher.
The teacher notified the principal who had the student empty their bag to retrieve the gun. Fortunately, it wasn’t loaded.
One grandparent rushed from her home nearby, drawn by all the TV news trucks.
“I want to get my granddaughter. I have a 6-year-old granddaughter here,” Carmen Maldonado said.
Some parents rushed to the school complaining of the lack of information.
“So I called the school, they refused to tell me what weapon was brought, what grade it was,” a concerned parent said. “All they were telling me that my kids were fine. I wanted to know if it was a gun and if it was in my daughter’s class. Because it was, she will not return to this school tomorrow.”
Police said the student with the empty gun had no beef, wasn’t looking to hurt anybody. He just did a stupid 10-year-old kind of thing.
Mayda Parra only had good things to say about the school and the way it handled the boy with the handgun.
She got a robocall about 45 minute after the gun was discovered.
“I want to ensure you all students are safe. I am proud of the response to this incident by our students and staff,” the call stated.
Still, this thing with kids and guns terrified Parra.
“I’m like what is going on? It’s terrible news when somebody say somebody inside the school with a gun,” she said.
Now this little boy is in really big trouble.
He likely will face charges in the juvenile justice system, bringing a gun onto a school campus is a serious crime.
He will also face discipline in the school system, including possible expulsion from the school.