Eight Tennessee students caught passing gun at elementary school

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Memphis, TN, United States (4E) – Eight students from an elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee have been issued a juvenile summons for allegedly passing around campus a gun brought by a seven-year-old to school Tuesday.

Police were dispatched to Ross Elementary School before noon after school officials reported that students had a firearm.

Arriving officers then arrested a 10-year-old boy in possession of the gun.

According to police, the gun was loaded and it appeared the seven-year-old boy just wanted to show the gun to friends.

School principal Evette Smith sent a letter to parents Wednesday, stating, “We discovered that a student brought a firearm to school. Please be assured that school administrators located it very quickly, and that no students were injured. The Memphis Police Department was immediately dispatched. School administrators and Memphis Police Department will strictly discipline in accordance with the law and MCS board policy.”

Sgt. Karen Rudolph of Memphis Police told NBC News that the eight students involved, who are between 7 to 10 year-old, were issued juvenile summons to appear in court for carrying a weapon on school property.

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