9-year-old brings gun to Elizabethtown school


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa (WHTM) – The Lancaster County district attorney’s office is investigating reports that a 9-year-old student brought a gun to school.

Investigators said the boy had a handgun at Bear Creek School in the Elizabethtown Area School District on Wednesday.

Police said they learned about the incident after students talked about it on the bus ride home.

Detectives believe the boy never intended hurt anyone.

Tina Kolvin, a parent of a student at Bear Creek, told ABC27 News she wasn’t happy with the way administrators handled the situation.

“I’m pretty pissed off, actually,” Kolvin said. “I want a follow as to what they are going to do ensure my son’s safety.”

Administrators directed ABC27 News to a statement on the district’s website. In the statement, Superintendent Michele Balliet said investigators searched the school. She said the schools are safe and a weapons violation carries severe consequences.

Michelle Keadle-Taylor has a sixth-grade daughter at Bear Creek. She was satisfied with the statement given to parents.

“I think they’ve taken the precautions necessary to let everybody know,” she said. “Communication is vital.”

The district attorney’s office said police have the gun, but there is no word on how the boy got it in the first place.

No one has been charged in the incident.

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