Child fires gun in Memphis, Tennessee elementary school

12:23 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
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Memphis, Tenn. (WREG) -- Memphis Police are at Westside Elementary School in Frayser where a 5-year-old student brought a gun to school and it went off.

Memphis Police say no on was  hurt. The child is in police custody.

The gun, which was in a backpack at the time, went off in the cafeteria.

Statement from Shelby County Schools:

"This morning at Westside Elementary School, a Kindergarten student brought a firearm to school in his backpack. While waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria, the firearm discharged accidentally inside the child's backpack. Nobody was injured, and staff immediately took possession of the backpack. 

"SCS Security and the Memphis Police Department responded quickly, and the matter is now under investigation. There is no evidence at this time of harmful intent; however, weapons of any kind are prohibited on campuses, and this student will be disciplined in accordance with the state's zero tolerance policy. 

"The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Staff is trained to handle emergency situations, and all students were kept safe and calm while this matter was handled."

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