An eight-year old boy brought a loaded gun to Daisy Bates Elementary School in Little Rock on April 26, 2012. Arkansas Matters reports that the child is in the second grade. Since the child is under the age of 10, he cannot be charged with any crimes under Arkansas law. The gun was discovered this morning. Police are continuing to investigate the situation.
Daisy Bates Elementary School
The school is part of the Pulaski County Special School District. Daisy Bates Elementary School is located at 14300 Dineen Drive, and serves students in grades kindergarten through five. Police were called to the school at 8:00 a.m. when the gun was discovered. The school district has a strict policy against bringing firearms to school.
Kids and guns
The eight-year old child says he brought the gun to school to show his friends. It is unclear if the child knew that the gun was loaded. The gun was a .22 caliber revolver. Under state law, any child under the age of ten cannot be charged with a crime.
Responsible gun ownership requires gun owners to store their firearms in a safe manner. This means that guns are stored unloaded in a locked safe. Children should be unable to unlock the safe. Keys and lock combinations should be stored out of a child’s reach.
While the child is too young to face charges, authorities will be looking into this child’s caregivers. Anyone who allows an eight-year old boy access to a loaded gun is negligent. As this case unfolds we may see charges being brought against the child’s parents.