SRO finds unloaded 9mm gun in 6-year-old student's backpack: Rocky Mount Police

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Guns found on students in Rocky Mount, Wendell
A gun was found in a 6-year-old's backpack in Rocky Mount. In Wendell a middle school student was found in posssession of a gun.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- "This was a preventable situation."

An elementary student in Rocky Mount is accused of having a gun on campus Tuesday.

According to the Rocky Mount Police Department, the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Fairview Elementary was made aware around 10:47 a.m. that a juvenile may be in possession of a firearm.

A preliminary investigation by the SRO) revealed that a 6-year-old boy had an unloaded 9mm handgun in his backpack, Chief Robert Hassell said.

The backpack was secured by staff on campus and the child was removed from the classroom. There were no threats made with the weapon and it was never displayed by the child.

The investigation into how the student came to be in possession of the firearm is ongoing.

"The situation that occurred today should be a reminder to all gun owners to secure their weapons in a safe manner so that minors cannot possess them," Chief Hassell said. "This was a preventable situation."

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