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UPDATE: Fifth-grader charged with bringing loaded gun to school will remain locked up

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FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - A fifth grader charged with bringing a loaded gun to school this week will remain locked up at Hamilton County's juvenile jail until his trial next month.

The 11-year-old boy briefly appeared Friday before a county juvenile court magistrate and denied felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon and illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school zone.

He returns to court for a May 4 trial.

The boy was arrested Thursday at Winton Woods Intermediate School off Waycross Road. Two students told their teacher he showed them the Millennium 40-caliber automatic in the bathroom while they talked about a video game around 8 a.m.

The teacher immediately notified other staff and secured the boy's backpack, which was left in the hallway outside the classroom.

School staff took the student to the office, where police and his guardian were notified.

The boy had taken the gun from an unlocked closet at his grandfather's Forest Park home. The weapon held one bullet in the magazine.

Police found no evidence the child intended to use the gun at school or against anyone.

Winton Woods school officials said they will handle any disciplinary action toward the student according to school policy.

They released the following statement:

"In the midst of today's unfortunate incident, we are reminded that our students are truly our biggest asset. This situation was handled exactly according to our procedures. The immediate student, staff and police response to the incident was a product of positive student-staff relationships, close partnership with the Police Department and a culture at school and at home of encouraging our students to keep our schools safe. Today, our students did just that.

As we all continue our conversations around school safety, we encourage families to continue the dialog at home as well. Our schools are places of learning, and we will always strive to provide a safe environment so that learning can occur."

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