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Police report reveals how 4th-grader took loaded gun to Queen Creek school

Posted at 6:31 PM, Sep 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-21 10:33:46-04

QUEEN CREEK, AZ — New police records reveal what happened the day a fourth-grader took a gun to school in Queen Creek.

Police say on August 25, the student took a loaded gun to Legacy Traditional Academy and new records show there were 16 rounds of ammunition in the magazine.

According to police interviews, a student told a teacher that he was shown a round of ammunition by the student in question, and the situation was then investigated further.

The gun was later found in the student's backpack.

On Sept. 7, it was announced that Queen Creek Police Department recommended charges against the student, his mother, and stepfather.

According to a police report, the mother told police they had a gun in the house but she claimed it is kept away from the child in the top drawer of a dresser.

Records say the child grabbed a ladder to get ahold of it.

According to police documents, the child put the weapon in his backpack for protection after encountering kids who were "bigger and older than him on his way to school."

He reportedly said he had brought the gun to school one day, left it in his backpack overnight, and got caught with it at school the second day.

Police say the child reported that he "did not plan or want to hurt anyone with the firearm" and "only had it for protection" on his way to and from school.