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Milwaukee police: 8-year-old student brings unloaded handgun to school

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police say an eight-year-old student brought an unloaded handgun to class at LaFollette Elementary School located at 9th and Ring on Monday, November 14th.

Police were dispatched to the school on Monday afternoon, around 1:00 p.m. -- after a staff member located the weapon in the student's possession.

The investigation revealed the gun was taken by the student from his home to the school. The weapon was inventoried by police.

It was not loaded.

LaFollette Elementary School

LaFollette Elementary School

"For something like that to happen, it's just..." Rodney Staples Sr. said.

Staples Sr. was one of the parents who received a letter sent home with students Monday.

"They slipped through," Staples Sr. said.

Letter to parents of students at LaFollette Elementary School

Letter to parents of students at LaFollette Elementary School

The letter explains what happened, and says: "Please remind your students how important it is to tell a trusted adult if they see or hear anything that makes them uncomfortable."

"I`m glad to know nobody didn`t get hurt," Staples Sr. said.

LaFollette Elementary School

LaFollette Elementary School

This case will be reviewed by Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office in the coming days.

Milwaukee Public Schools officials declined to comment, telling FOX6 News all information would have to come from police.

LaFollette Elementary School

LaFollette Elementary School

LaFollette Elementary School, Milwaukee

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.


  • RedHot

    So the parent(s) will be charged for leaving the pistol where the kid could get it.
    But really, why didn’t the sign on the door stop the gun from coming in? Laws are supposed to prevent crime, right? Signs are supposed to keep the kids safe, right? So this could not have happened.


    How on earth did that gun put itself into that poor child’s backpack? Are guns stalking us now before they murder us? They should really increase sentences for guns.

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