8-year-old brings unloaded gun to Milwaukee's LaFollette Elementary School

Posted at 1:35 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 17:15:14-05

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.

Police were called to the school around 1:00 p.m. after the gun was discovered. They say the student brought the gun from his home and it was not loaded.

"My son is like 'Mom I can't believe this. I'm only in the 3rd grade. I'm 8 years old.' Kids should not be bringing guns to school," said Ashley Carter. She's a parent of a 3rd grader.

Adam Jordan is the parent of a 1st grader. He was inside the school yesterday for a parent-teacher conference when the gun was discovered.

"They locked the school down for a quick second and confiscated whatever the kid had in his pocket and hand," he said.

"I'm happy with the safety at the school. They took care of the situation quickly while multi-tasking several fights in the school building. I think they did a good job." 

The school sent home a letter explaining what happened, but Carter said that's not enough.

"This happened and I didn't get a call. I didn't even know until 6 o'clock at night when I came to pick him up that it happened," she said.

"I would have came and got my son out of here if they would have called me. He is safe at home with me, not locked in the school with a gun," she said.

Milwaukee police say in the next few days the District Attorney will review this case.