published Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Chattanooga police report 9-year-old found with loaded handgun at school


by Dan Whisenhunt

The Chattanooga Police Department this morning is reporting that a 9-year-old boy brought a loaded handgun to Eastside Elementary School.

The release said the boy had an admitted gang affiliation.

“A teacher at Eastside Elementary School found a gun in the desk of a 9-yr-old student just before 9:30 this morning,” the release said. “According to the teacher, she overheard the boy tell another student to look at the gun. She then went to his desk and discovered the loaded weapon.”

The child has been taken into custody, police officials said. He will be charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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Jennam said...

How incredibly sad...9 years old with a gang affiliation. At 9 years old the only things he should be affiliated with are his bike, some transformer toys and legos.

May 3, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
outdoorguy said...

Where are the parents? They are the ones that should be held accountable.

May 3, 2011 at 12:55 p.m.
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