Cops: 9-year-old brought loaded gun to Lauderhill, FL school
The loaded gun the 9-year-old brought to Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary School Tuesday to threaten his classmates belonged to his dad, police said Wednesday.
How the third-grader got the gun, however, was unclear. He carried the gun in his pocket, police said.
The child brought the gun “to scare some kids who have picked on him,” according to an arrest report released Wednesday.
It was during the time the children change classes that the student approached two classmates separately, police said.
In the first case, the boy walked up to another boy and said he wanted to show him something. “[He] then removed the firearm from his right front pocket and then removed it from its holster, removed the magazine and showed that it contained bullets,” an officer wrote in the report.
He then told the boy that if he told anyone about the gun, “He would shoot him,” police said.
Shortly after, the 9-year-old approached another classmate and again pulled the gun from his pocket, according to the report.
The student said he was going to tell someone. The 9-year-old pointed the gun at the boy’s forehead and according to police said: “Don’t tell the teacher or else.”
The third incident happened inside a classroom, police said. This time, according to the report, he asked a classmate, “Wanna see my gun?”
After that child threatened to tell a teacher, the boy said, “Don’t tell the teacher, or I’ll shoot you in the leg,” according to the report.
Another student then told a teacher, police said. The teacher asked to see what was in his pocket.
The child, who was taken to the Broward County Juvenile Assessment Center, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and three counts of aggravated assault.
On Wednesday, the child was ordered to be on home detention for 21 days and must wear a GPS monitor, according to WSVN.
Bringing a firearm to school can result in expulsion, according to the Broward Schools code of student conduct.