A six-year-old boy in Ohio brought a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his backpack to school, police said.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning at Kids Care Elementary, a free public charter school in Columbus, police said.
The unidentified boy told a Classmate of The Weapon that alerted a teacher, the Columbus Police said in a press release on Facebook.
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Detective David Bucy told a press conference that the kid took the gun out of his house where he lives with his grandparents. The boy's grandfather had reported the absence of the weapon.
The child was taken to the police station and interviewed by a guardian present. The authorities have no clear idea of why the boy brought the gun to school.
"We really do not know why the boy brought the weapon to school unless it shows or brags or shows." Bucy said.
Charge against the child is not expected, "due to the competence and his age," police said. An investigation of the incident is under way.
A woman on the phone at Kids Care Elementary declined to comment.