2nd-grader brings gun to school

Monday, March 9, 2009 4:53 PM
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A second-grade pupil was suspended from Gracewood Elementary today after a teacher discovered a 9mm handgun in his backpack.

The child showed the handgun to a friend who then told a teacher, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigator Tess Alexander-Brunson. The gun was not loaded and there was no magazine inside, Investigator Alexander-Brunson said. The child took the gun from his parent.

The Sheriff’s Office is not pursuing charges against the adults, police said.

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TroubIe
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TroubIe 03/09/09 - 05:09 pm
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ok, what is the world comming

ok, what is the world comming to when a second grader has access to a gun??

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 03/09/09 - 05:10 pm
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convict the

convict the parents....obviously, it was unsecured.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/09/09 - 05:10 pm
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Why did this young child's

Why did this young child's parent not keep this deadly weapon away from him? Why no charges v. the adult owner of the gun? Doesn't each gun owner have a responsibility to secure his/her weapons and assume criminal liability when s/he fails to do so?

workingmom
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workingmom 03/09/09 - 05:19 pm
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This is the most absurd thing

This is the most absurd thing I have heard all day! I find it appalling that a child this age would even know what a gun looks like, much less have it in his possession and bring it to school. What if it had been loaded? The child should be suspended at the very least AND his parents should be charged. If it were me, I'd remove the child from the home and possibly send him to live with relatives. There is just no excuse for this.

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 03/09/09 - 05:22 pm
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Hmmmm, a 9mm. Now what kind

Hmmmm, a 9mm. Now what kind of moron totes a "9" and leaves it laying around for a kid? The same kind that holds it sideways to shoot I bet.

sprintman
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sprintman 03/09/09 - 05:26 pm
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You should always lock your

You should always lock your guns up in a safe or something. Kids are smarter than you think. No charges were filed against the parents because they probably had a gun license.

workingmom
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workingmom 03/09/09 - 05:45 pm
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It doesn't matter if they had

It doesn't matter if they had a license or not!!! You do NOT leave a gun anywhere NEAR a child this age, even if you think it is hidden.

cparker
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cparker 03/09/09 - 05:50 pm
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Wasn't there an attorney that

Wasn't there an attorney that left his gun out and his son accidently killed himself? Maybe he was teaching his children how to shoot it sideways or something.... BTW, there were no charges brought in that situation either.

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SIGHER 03/09/09 - 05:55 pm
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At 7 or 8 years of age, they

At 7 or 8 years of age, they know what a gun looks like. I've seen little boys age 5 or younger point their finger or pick up a stick and say "bang, bang". Cowboy movies, I guess. I shudder to think what could have happened. Shame on the parents for the accessibility of this gun to their child and thank God the bullets/magazine was not with it (I'm guessing)!

Radwaste
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Radwaste 03/09/09 - 06:01 pm
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In addition to merely

In addition to merely expressing outrage, you should note well that only unreasonable or fantastic assumptions give guns "super" powers of evil or the ability to magically convey power to the holder. I'm betting that the owner has never trained his kids about gun use, proper or otherwise. The real issue ls not the age of the child, but the venue. Some kids this age are actually trustworthy. Of course, if you aren't, you won't expect your kid or anyone else's to be.

natashaleigh
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natashaleigh 03/09/09 - 06:12 pm
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Why would the parents not be

Why would the parents not be charged? that is some bs! It is their right to have a gun but why would it be in reach of the child? Now my child go to Gracewood so I am a very concerned parent. And he is also a student in 2nd grade. Something has to be done about this.

workingmom
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workingmom 03/09/09 - 06:22 pm
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Radwaste I am aware that some

Radwaste I am aware that some men teach their sons to hunt; some even this young, but I have never heard of anyone using this type of gun to shoot a deer. Yes, children know what a gun looks like but they should never have been exposed to this type of gun at such an early age. What are these types of guns used for anyway? Surely not hunting.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/09/09 - 07:28 pm
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Everyone is missing the

Everyone is missing the point. He is being taught that if you take a gun to school, don't take a loaded one. and, also, don't show it to any one, they will tell on you. How much more responbsible can his parents be? They are to be commended! If all children would listen to their parents this well, guns at school would be no problem at all. That is, until they get to the5th grade and figure out how to really use them. I am not sure this child realizes what the consequences of bringing a gun to school could be, but his parents hopefully can. First of all, the gun should not have been anywhere a 7 year old could find it, so his parents are really to blame for this one. Let's be thankful that it was not loaded.

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Dan White 03/09/09 - 07:53 pm
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Humm, no harm, no foul! Can

Humm, no harm, no foul! Can you believe it?

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NEWS REPORTER 03/09/09 - 08:09 pm
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this is crazy

this is crazy

msgret92
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msgret92 03/09/09 - 08:19 pm
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The article says there was no

The article says there was no clip or bullets. This could mean that proper procedure for securing a weapon was being followed. I think everyone needs to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions.

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LadyCisback 03/09/09 - 08:38 pm
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ridiculous!! charge the

ridiculous!! charge the parents.. take the child and make them for their irresponsibility and incompetence in raising a child in a safe environment..

_JackRyan_
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_JackRyan_ 03/09/09 - 08:44 pm
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What you want to bet he is a

What you want to bet he is a "negro".

_JackRyan_
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_JackRyan_ 03/09/09 - 08:45 pm
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92, are you an idiot, the

92, are you an idiot, the weapon should have been locked up, idiot!

_JackRyan_
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_JackRyan_ 03/09/09 - 08:47 pm
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Ah, Ha, the kid must have

Ah, Ha, the kid must have been black. i see sigher and cparker defending, ha!

Batman
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Batman 03/09/09 - 10:25 pm
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THAT'S richmond county for

THAT'S richmond county for you. Letting people off w/crimes. Why I don't live there.

abouttime
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abouttime 03/09/09 - 11:40 pm
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JackRyan, you are the

JackRyan, you are the idiot... what the heck does the color of child have to do with this? Yes, it is true that the parents need to take responsibility for the actions of their child. The child needs to attend a parenting class with his parents to understand the danger of a handgun and the harm it can bring to people if not used properly. But there is absolutely no reason for race to be entered into this conversation. I saddens me to know how many racist people live in Augusta. If you cut a white person and cut a black person do they both not bleed red... Give it a freaking break

jamesj
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jamesj 03/10/09 - 12:01 am
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JackRyan... you will be an

JackRyan... you will be an idiot if someone breaks into your home to kill you and you have to unlock your gun. My guns are unlocked and loaded... all 9 of them. They are secured so they cannot be reached by a small child, but not locked, and my teen girls have been trained and can get to one on the way to a locking room.

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jackie72 03/10/09 - 12:34 am
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Why wasnt parents informed of

Why wasnt parents informed of this ??? My child attends that school. I have to read about it here..I have to say a bullet see's no color so color should have been left out of the topic. Education is the KEY..we have to teach children about gun saftey if children were taught the curiosity would be gone. I dont know what is wrong with the world today everyone wants to point fingers and blame the other. This poor child probably doesnt understand the WEIGHT of what he or she did..Now is the opportunity to reach out to him and guide him in the right direction. TEach him and lead him..instead of blaming everyone else. I am sure his parents are just in shock of it all. Now is a good time to also teach them. Just lucky there were no bullets and that someone spoke up before something really bad happend.

Ode to Augusta
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Ode to Augusta 03/10/09 - 12:57 am
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While the parents are

While the parents are obviously negligent, I don't understand the point of some of you claiming the parents should have the gun locked up. If someone breaks into your house do you really think you are going to have time to get your gun out of a safe? Keep that puppy loaded and on the night stand but be a parent and raise your children properly.

mieshell
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mieshell 03/10/09 - 04:35 am
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Wdh does race have to do with

Wdh does race have to do with it? Maybe you should be charged for being stupid

bone
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bone 03/10/09 - 06:01 am
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race does matter: cparker is

race does matter: cparker is correct regarding the local attorney's son who shot himself this past summer. no charges were filed against the parents and this kid was messing with a loaded weapon that could have killed someone besides just himself. the 2nd grader didn't seem to have any motive for handling the weapon other than curiosity, but this child's parents are somehow less responsible than the aforementioned attorney? please give it a rest, folks, and understand that parents cannot always stop their children from doing stupid things. still, i believe the letter of the law should be enforced regarding a weapon being brought on campus: making an example might be the only thing that keeps this sort of behavior from happening more often. i truly believe the culture of violence - from video games to television / movie to news reports - has desensitized the younger generation to some of the issues surrounding handling weapons properly.

Anna2008
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Anna2008 03/10/09 - 06:36 am
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Why not press charges? Whose

Why not press charges? Whose is the gun? How did the child got close to it? Obviously iresponsibility from the parents? Well, does that child have any parents? It seams that there is no parenting anyway, why do we bother with this case? Lost cause as many many more...

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x58dav8r 03/10/09 - 03:38 pm
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Lot's of folks jumping to

Lot's of folks jumping to conclusions. I know this family. You'll not find a more responsible pair. You'll also not find a more inquisitive kid, the kind you can't hide anything from. The residence has been checked and the results were they did everything they were supposed to do to prevent this. Note there were no clips or ammo found with the gun. You should all wait to throw those stones until the entire story is revealed.

Anna2008
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Anna2008 03/10/09 - 04:02 pm
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well i dont care what u

well i dont care what u think.

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