Dad charged after son, 9, takes loaded gun to school

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County man is charged with reckless endangerment after his 9-year-old son took a loaded handgun to school.

Jay W. Ellison, 28, of Elizabethtown, told police he placed the gun in his son’s book bag and forgot to remove it, District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office said.

The boy took the gun to Bear Creek School on Sept. 14 and showed it to at least one other student in a hallway. The gun was in the book bag and police do not believe it was ever removed from the bag while at the school.

They also don’t believe there were any threats to use the gun.

Ellison told police he had the gun in a pickup truck, which he parked at his parents’ home because his driveway was being resealed. Rather than leave the gun in the truck, he placed it in the book bag and walked home with it, but forgot to take it out when he got home.

Stedman said Ellison is not charged with any intentional crime. He said the misdemeanor charge is based on “a reckless failure to exercise responsible gun ownership.”

“Placing a loaded gun in a 9-year-old’s school bag and leaving it there for him to take to school certainly placed a number of children and others at risk and we are fortunate that no one was injured or worse,” he said in a statement.

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