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9-year-old found with gun at Las Vegas elementary school, father could face charge

Boy, 9, found with gun at elementary school
Boy, 9, found with gun at elementary school
Boy, 9, found with gun at elementary school
Posted at 3:09 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 14:49:22-04

A 9-year-old boy was found with an unloaded handgun at a Las Vegas elementary school Wednesday morning and his father could possibly face a charge of child endangerment, according to police.

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Clark County School District police said the boy brought the .22-caliber handgun and ammunition Helen Smith Elementary, located near Antelope Way and Alta Drive. Another student reported it to the teacher. 

The child is too young to be arrested, so he was taken to the Harbor, a facility for first-time juvenile offenders. Social services and Child Protective Services were also notified. 

The boy's father may face a child endangerment charge as the gun was unsecured, according to authorities.   

CCSD police said situations like these indicate that "See something, say something" is working. Police also said parents need to make sure to secure all weapons in the household, be vigilant and communicate with their children. 

Parents were shocked to find out the news Wednesday afternoon. 

"Why did he bring it? Did he think it was a toy or did he want to hurt someone?” Asked parent Samantha Johnson. “I honestly want to think it was because he thought it was a toy."