OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say the discovery of a loaded handgun in a 5-year-old student’s backpack may result in criminal charges for any adult who put it there.
News outlets report an Oak Park Elementary teacher conducting a routine check of students’ backpacks Tuesday morning found the handgun, which had a safety lock.
Ocean Springs police Capt. William Jackson says authorities were told the gun was placed there while a guardian was running errands and forgotten.
Jackson says prosecutors will present the case to a grand jury, which could yield a possible criminal charge of possession of a firearm on school property. He didn’t identify anyone by name, and the gun remains in police possession.
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He says copies of all reports will be turned over to Child Protective Services.