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Fourth-grader brings loaded gun to school

Posted October 20, 2008

— A fourth-grade student brought a loaded 9 mm handgun to Four Oaks Elementary School Monday, authorities said.

No one was injured, and school officials turned the gun over to law enforcement authorities.

Authorities were investigating how the student obtained the gun.


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  • trish062207 Oct 30, 2008


    Grandparents Won't Face Charges After 4th Grader Brings Gun To School
    There will be no charges regarding the 9-year-old boy who brought a loaded handgun to Four Oaks Elementary School Monday morning. According to Tammy Amaon, public information officer with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, the gun came from the fourth-grader’s grandparents’ home. “It was in a secure place and the child found it,” Ms. Amaon said. The 9mm handgun was discovered Monday morning when the boy showed it to a fellow student who reported the gun to a teacher. The teacher confiscated the gun without a struggle. The gun was reportedly loaded with five rounds and had been tucked into the boy’s pants. WTSB File Photo

  • ILuvJetNoise Oct 22, 2008

    My friend has a child at this school. She received a letter saying that a child was sent home for bringing an "inappropriate object" on school grounds. HELLO!!! It was a loaded gun! It's a little more than inappropriate!

  • sayitoutloud Oct 21, 2008


  • smitty Oct 20, 2008

    Do they still do show and tell in 4th grade?

  • kbo0801 Oct 20, 2008

    Lock the parents up. Parents need to be held accountable for their kids action. How did he or she get a gun?

  • pebbles262004 Oct 20, 2008

    OMG, I have a niece at that school. so glad no one was hurt.

  • Travised Oct 20, 2008

    omg! How in tarnation did that get into a kids backpack! It should at minimal have a trigger lock if it isn't kept in a safe or cable locked through the barrel.

    Sadly it COULD point to deeper problems in school the student may be having (being taunted, beaten) and the student decided to try and take it to the next level to "do whatever". School may have been unaware of the situation; they often are blind. Hope they look into it and not just discipline the kid. You can't just plug one part of a leak when many pipes are dripping and expect it to be fixed.

  • TomLynda Oct 20, 2008

    I agree Weetie. My granddaughter is in the 4th grade at Four Oaks Elementary. My daughter-in-law teaches at the school. I'll try to find out the parents name. This stuff is totally unacceptable.

  • 1Moms_View Oct 20, 2008

    Just what we need, a 4th grader with a loaded gun at school. What do parents think will happen the first time a teacher has to discipline him or another child makes him mad? Oh, I forgot, discipline isn't allowed in schools now. It all has to be positive blah blah blah. Guess we better start checking all kids' bookbags before the bell rings so no one gets shot during the day. As if there isn't enough to do already that interfers with actual instruction.

  • lizard Oct 20, 2008

    Nice try, six string, but your ignorance is showing. The rules are the same at the gun shows as they are for any retailer.