First grade student brings loaded handgun to Pasadena elementary school


by staff

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 6:38 PM

PASADENA, Texas – A first grade student brought a loaded 9 mm handgun to an elemetary school Monday, according to Pasadena school officials.

The boy showed the gun to a classmate at Kruse Elementary, and admitted that he brought the gun from home. Many parents were baffled as to how a young kid could make it to school with a loaded firearm.

“Kids don’t realize guns kill people,” said Andre Faina.

The girl told a teacher right away and immediate action was taken.

“This is extremely serious,” said Rene Ivy, a Pasadena ISD official. “We’re asking parents to talk to their kids about gun safety.”

The school district said the boy was removed from the classroom for the remainder of the year. His parents were issued a citation for making a firearm accessible to a child.

Kruse Elementary sent the following letter to parents:

"Keeping the lines of communication open, I want to share with you a very serious and shocking incident that occurred at Kruse today. First of all, everyone is safe and no one was harmed. It was reported that a student had a gun on campus. We immediately investigated, recovered the gun, and removed the student. The Pasadena ISD police were called immediately.

As you know, the safety of our students is always the top priority and I want to address this matter with you from my heart. This is very serious, it is not taken lightly. Guns are not allowed at school. More importantly, please take this incident as an opportunity to talk to your child about gun safety. If you have a gun in your home, please secure the gun in a place that children cannot access and make sure the gun is not loaded and has a safety feature that must be removed before the weapon can be discharged. Whether or not you have a gun in your house, remind students that if they see a gun, they should not touch it and should immediately tell an adult.

The student who brought the weapon to school will be disciplined appropriately.

Keeping our school safe is a team effort among the students, staff and parents. Please encourage your children to report anything that seems unusual or makes them feel uncomfortable. When we work together, we can make our school safer."