HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Huntersville police are investigating after a loaded gun was reportedly shown to Blythe Elementary School students on a bus Thursday morning.
Police said a 7-year-old boy brought the gun from home.
Channel 9′s Genevieve Curtis spoke to a mother who said the student held the gun up to her son’s head. She said her son thought it was a toy gun.
“I want to say to the parents, if you’re going to have a gun in your house, please keep your guns in a safe place," said a mother.
Sources told Channel 9 that the student had a loaded 9 mm handgun with 15 bullets in it.
Another student on the bus said the 7-year-old wasn’t just showing kids the gun but actually pointed it at the student’s head.
“He said he wanted to kill me 'cause I sat in his seat,” said a student.
The principal of the school sent an email to parents and families notifying them of the incident. All students and staff were safe, officials said.
Police said the child was charged with assault by pointing a handgun, weapon on school campus and communicating threats.
School officials said appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any students who violated Charlotte-Mecklenburg school policies.
The school’s message sent to families is below:
“Good afternoon Blythe Elementary Families, this is Principal Simpson with an important message. A firearm was shown to students on a school bus this morning. It was immediately reported to administrators. All students and staff remained safe. This is an active investigation by Huntersville Police. It is a violation of CMS policy and state law to have a firearm on any CMS campus. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone in violation. Parents please speak to your child to remind them that our safety at school is top priority and to not bring inappropriate items to school. Thank you for your support of Blythe Elementary.”
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