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Carman-Ainsworth Supt.: First grader brought unloaded gun to school Monday

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(03/26/13) - A first grader brought a gun to school, and now Flint Township Police and child protective services are trying to figure out where he got it.

The superintendent says the gun was not loaded.

The student did show it to classmates at Dye Elementary in Flint Township, in the Carman-Ainsworth school district. The superintendent tells us it happened before school started.

The first grader had the unloaded gun in a backpack. There was no ammunition. Students who saw the gun then told their teacher, and police were alerted.

Matthew, a parent of a Dye Elementary first grader wrote on our Facebook page, saying, "The student was showing the gun off to my son and his buddies, saying that if anyone messed with him today that he was going to shoot them. I feel the school could have done a better job of informing parents sooner."

Parents in the first grade class were called by the district. Others found out by a letter sent home after school:

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Shortly after school began this morning (Monday, March 25, 2013) some students made their teacher aware that a 1st grade student at Dye Elementary had what appeared to be a small gun in their backpack.  School personnel immediately followed protocol, confiscating the backpack and notifying the Flint Township Police Department.

Within a matter of minutes, the Flint Township Police Department verified that there was a small-caliber firearm without ammunition in the backpack. The Flint Township Police Department determined that there was no immediate safety concerns for our students or staff at that point and moved forward with their investigation involving the student and their family.

Although it is disheartening to hear that a young student may have made such a significant mistake in bringing something like this to school, we are encouraged that our other students followed what they have been taught, and that the school protocols in place were followed.  After ensuring safety and completing the school's investigation, Mrs. Fields (Principal) and Ms. Grant (Counselor) met with the students in the classroom and commended them for following the school protocols while assuring them that everything was fine at that point.

Regardless of the fact that this firearm did not have any ammunition, and thus did not pose an immediate threat to any students; as a parent myself, I wanted you to be aware of this situation and to inform you of how it was handled.  In addition to this communication, the Dye Administration has attempted to communicate personally with all the families in the impacted classroom to make them aware of the situation.

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools' first priority will always be student safety, and I am pleased that all involved (from students...to staff...to the police) followed protocol and ensured that our students were safe and able to continue with their normal school day.  Please continue to talk with your children about the importance of telling an adult at school anytime they may see or hear of something considered to be "unsafe" in schools.

Sincerely,

Steven Tunnicliff, Ph.D.

Superintendent,

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

Police Chief George Sippert says the student and parents have been interviewed, as well as other students and staff.

Flint Township Police will soon submit reports to the Genesee County prosecutor. The prosecutor will decide if or what charges will be issued.



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