8-year-old Cheviot student charged after loaded gun found in backpack

Child charged with bringing gun to school

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Cheviot police say a Cheviot Elementary School student was charged with multiple offenses after they brought a gun to school.

Police said a semi-automatic 9mm pistol was found in an 8-year-old boy’s backpack on Wednesday.

According to school officials, the boy showed the gun to several students.

While in class, another student told the teacher a backpack hanging on the classroom wall contained a gun. The teacher immediately called for security and the backpack with the gun was removed and secured in the school office, they said.

“No students were injured or threatened. The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority,” Cincinnati Public Schools Communications Officer Frances Russ said.

When police arrived on scene, they found a loaded gun inside of the student’s backpack.

“Our students did the right thing by telling an adult, and we are proud of their mature reaction. While this incident is distressing, I am thankful for the actions of our students and staff who acted quickly and calmly to keep the situation under control,” Principal Tammy Solomon Gray said in a letter to parents.

On Thursday, after school let out, a parent told us that her kids told her about the incident.

The 8-year-old was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police said they believe the gun was stolen out of Green Township and they are investigating.

School officials said they will be disciplined according to Cincinnati Public Schools Code of Conduct.

Police have not said if the child’s parents will be charged in this case.

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