Stafford Co. elementary student ‘inadvertently’ brings gun to school

A 5-year-old student at Anne E. Moncure Elementary School in Stafford County, Virginia, “inadvertently” brought a gun to school Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said.

According to authorities, the firearm was found inside the student’s backpack during class. It was confiscated by staff.

“The investigation revealed the student had inadvertently taken an adult’s backpack from the vehicle instead of his own during drop-off,” the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Officials said everyone involved was cooperative.

Charges are pending for the gun owner.

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William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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