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Three Wounded After Kindergartener Brings Loaded Gun to School

Three Wounded After Kindergartener Brings Loaded Gun to School

A Houston Independent School District police officer monitors an entrance after a shooting at Ross Elementary school Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Houston. [AP]

Associated Press

April 20, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) — Police are trying to determine how a Houston kindergartener got a loaded gun that he brought to an elementary school, where officials say it accidentally fired when it fell from his pocket as he sat down for lunch, wounding himself and two other students.

Some parents said the incident has made them think twice about safety at the school and they wonder if additional security measures, including extra officers and even metal detectors, are needed. School district officials said extra security would be in place Wednesday to allay parents’ fears.

One bullet was fired Tuesday around 10:35 a.m. in the Ross Elementary School cafeteria, spraying fragments at the students, said Houston Independent School District Assistant Police Chief Robert Mock.

“It dropped on the floor, under the table. It was loud, it was so loud,” 6-year-old Kennedi Glapion said as she was being picked up from the school by her grandmother.

Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said it was too early in the investigation to tell if any charges would be filed.

Two 6-year-old boys were wounded, including the one who had the gun. The boy who brought the gun was injured in his foot and the other boy was grazed in his leg, said Sam Sarabia, the elementary chief school officer for the Houston school district. A 5-year-old girl was injured in her knee, he said.

The boy who brought the gun might have been injured by the bullet while the other boy and the girl might have been injured by shrapnel, Sarabia said.

All three children were taken to Texas Children’s Hospital. One of the boys, Khoran Brown, was treated and released. The girl, Za’Keyah Thomas, and the boy who brought the gun were in stable condition. The name of the boy who brought the gun was not released.

Brown’s parents issued a statement through the hospital. “It is a sad situation that this took place but we are thankful our son is in good spirits. He is already asking to get back to school,” the statement said.

Many parents who rushed to the school after the shooting said that overall, Ross is a good school and there haven’t been similar problems. Still, some parents said additional security measures, such as metal detectors, are needed at the school, which has about 470 students.

“I think every school should have metal detectors just for this reason,” said Lucy Becerril, 29, whose 6-year-old son, Carlos, was in the cafeteria during the shooting.

Shawn Dixon, 33, whose 10-year-old daughter Tyra is third-grader at the school, said he would support such security measures.

“Being that this is an elementary school you would think that it would be safe, but now this makes you think nothing is safe,” Dixon said.

Sarabia said district officials will be working with parents and the community to address any concerns they might have.

The kindergartner who brought the gun could face disciplinary action, including being sent to an alternative school for up to 180 days, said Houston school district spokesman Norm Uhl. He said no punishment has been decided yet.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    LetJusticeBeServed... ...A twenty year vacation of the gun-possession rights for the owner of the gun...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    We think the parents have something to do with, who was the boy hanging out with? Kids will take anything from anyone who will give it to them. He could have gotten that gun from a neighbor or even another class mate. He could have taken it from someone else's home because he was fasinated with it. He may have found it before the bus picked himup for school. Either way we need to find out from the kid where he got it first. Then ddecide where to go from there.

  • Dsc_8359_max50


    over 3 years ago


    More metal detectors? More officers? The responsibility needs to be put back on the parents. The gun should have been secured where a child can NOT access it. ARGH!

  • Me2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That is just unacceptable. And you wonder why people want to take guns away from people that are RESPONSIBLE with their firearms. And I agree with others. Go and arrest the parents cause apparently that kindergartner knows about that gun. I didn't know my mom HAD a gun until I was in the 6th grade!

  • 179509_413913675314782_526027874_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I personally think the parents of this child should be held responsible for what happened at this school!!! If the gun had been put where the child could not get to it then these children would not have been injured. Thank god that none of these children were killed. Yes discipline the child but also punish the parents as well. They at least should pay for the hospital bills for the children who were hurt.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Well clearly this is the parents' fault. The gun wasn't properly secured and locked up. No gun safe, no trigger lock. This makes me nauseous. 6 years old! I don't have children yet, but by the time I do, it won't be safe to sned them to PRESCHOOL apparently. How do you discipline a 6 year old who probably thinks it's nothing more than a toy? How many 6 year olds can truly grasp the seriousness of playing with guns? Throw the parents in jail-their irresponsible parenting could have killed children.

  • Eyes_max50


    over 3 years ago


    O.M.G. 6 frickin years old and somebodies parents need to be held accountable and if that gun comes back registered to them, then they will. Felony. That's riDICulous!

  • Img_0338_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Collar the parents/owner of the firearm!!

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Naturally, I gotta ask: What the HELL is a 6 year old doing with a gun at school???? HOW did he get it?? Yeah, someone needs to be investigating the parents/guardians!!!! Hopefully,all the kids will be ok!!


  • Idf_soldier_and_kittyimage2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Go directly to Daddy's house and cuff him.

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    I see dumb people, errrr parents that are about to see bad things happen to them by way of the District Attorney. I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop and find out that this was a stolen gun...... What are the odds? It happened about two years ago in Victorville, Ca. In any event, I see this as more the fault of the parent(s) / legal guardian(s) than that of a five year old. Having said that, both my kids (including my three year old) know that my guns are off limits at all times.

  • Phone_pics_035_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Education goes a long way, especially when it comes to fire arms. BUMP Djfludd!

  • Lol_sun_in_clouds_02_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Before they tear into the kid for bringing the gun to school, someone should be ripping mommy/daddy/legal guardian a few new ones. My oldest is 4 and he knows not to touch any weapon of mine unless I am there and I hand it to him. The last time he got curious, he had trouble sitting comfortably for a little while. Now that I'm teaching him the basics of gun saftey, I still have to tell him twice it's ok when daddy is teaching him, and that's when he has his little "daisy" pellet rifle, like I started out with. It starts with the parents, so it should start with the parents.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This article reads like a kindergartner wrote it. and bump Gearhart...

  • D_c_8_27_nov_07_041_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sounds like some parents need lessons on proper storage and handling of weapons, then they will be able to teach their kids to be safe.

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