8-year-old arrested after bringing loaded semi-automatic gun to St. Mary’s Co. school

WASHINGTON — An 8-year-old was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly brought a handgun to school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

The Park Hall Elementary student had apparently found it in his residence, which is located in an off-base military housing community. Another student alerted a Park Hall staffer to the weapon, St. Mary’s sheriff’s officials said in a statement. A school official then found the loaded semi-automatic in the student’s book bag.

The student was charged as a juvenile with having a handgun, having a dangerous weapon on school property and disturbing school operations.

Both of the child’s parents are active-duty service members. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service will be investigating how the student had access to the gun.

Jack Pointer

Jack Pointer is a writer and editor with a variety of news and publishing experience, including more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News and Chicago Tribune.

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