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Police: 3rd-grader brought gun to elementary school

Updated: Oct. 18, 2017 at 11:06 PM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Frightening moments unfolded inside of a Middletown elementary school after a third grader allegedly brought a gun into a classroom.

Parents said they still cannot believe it.

"I was shocked. I just didn't really know what to do," one concerned parent said.

Investigators believe the third-grader carried a weapon into Rosa Parks Elementary on Monday.

"It's really scary for a nine-year-old to be bringing a gun to school," the parent of another Rosa Parks third-grader said.

Classmates described the situation as tense. They said that the boy had a gun in his pocket inside of a classroom and was trying to hide it.

At some point, according to parents, a teacher caught on and contacted the school resource officer and administrators, but that wasn't all.

"She [my daughter] told me that a boy had a gun, and she saw it," the mother of a girl who was in the class told FOX 19 NOW. "The teacher did grab it, but he tried to stab the teacher with a pair of scissors."

Police have not said exactly how or where the student got the gun. They have also not released information on a possible motive.

Worried parents said they aren't sure what the child's intentions were, but some have said the boy has claimed he was bullied.

"That needs to be addressed. There's a lot of bullying going on," Reverend Kathryn Davis, whose grandchildren go to Rosa Parks, said.

Police are investigating the case, and the student is facing serious accusations.

"As a parent, as a grandparent, I'm scared for my grandchild," Davis said.

A man believed to be the boyfriend of the accused student's mother is currently charged with endangering children.

School officials said they followed protocol after it happened and made a phone call to all parents.

The school also had a gun safety assembly the next day.

Some parents said they didn't get a call about the incident, but school officials said they attempted to reach all parents.

Middletown Police said they plan to release more information Thursday.

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