2nd grader brings loaded gun to Kate Bond Elementary - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2nd grader brings loaded gun to Kate Bond Elementary

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A 2nd grader brought a loaded handgun to Kate Bond Elementary school, police said.

The weapon was found packed in the child's belongings around lunchtime Thursday. Police responded immediately and the child was transported to juvenile court.

School officials sent home a letter informing parents about the disturbing discovery.

"This morning we discovered that a student brought a gun to school. Please be assured that school administrators located it very quickly, and that no students were injured in this extremely isolated incident," said Kate Bond Elementary Principal Lyle Conley in the letter.

Robert Foley, the parent of a student at the school, said he was shocked to learn a child had carried a loaded weapon on campus.

"Where would a kid even get a gun, anyway? Parents ain't keeping them locked like they should, apparently," he said.

Memphis police said the investigation is ongoing.

 

Below is the full text of Principal Conley's letter:

Dear Parents,

As a partner in your child's education and well-being, it is my priority to keep you informed of happenings at Kate Bond Elementary School.

This morning we discovered that a student brought a gun to school. Please be assured that school administrators located it very quickly, and that no students were injured in this extremely isolated incident. Weapons of any kind are prohibited on school campuses, so MPD was immediately dispatched and this student was strictly disciplined in accordance with board policy.

Among our highest priorities is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for your child. We would like your support to help us ensure that Kate Bond Elementary School remains a safe learning environment. I am asking parents to assist us by checking your child's belongings each morning to see that inappropriate items are not brought to school.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
We appreciate your continued support of Memphis City Schools.

Sincerely,

Lyle Conley
Principal, Kate Bond Elementary School

 

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