Leslie County student brings gun to school

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HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - No one was injured when a Leslie County kindergarten student brought a gun to school earlier this month.

The boy brought the gun to Mountain View Elementary in Hyden Feb. 12, superintendent Larry Sparks said.

A teacher's aide confiscated the gun - which was not loaded - immediately after the student pulled it out, Sparks said.

Investigators believe the boy brought the .38 Smith & Wesson revolver to show his friends and had no intentions of hurting anyone, Leslie County Sheriff Paul Howard said.

School officials notified parents of students in the class about the incident that day, but did not tell other parents in an effort to protect the boy's privacy, Sparks said.

"There were so many confidentiality and privacy issues involved and the investigation was very much ongoing, that we felt like contacting the parents in the classroom was the appropriate measure," Sparks said.

Sparks could not comment on whether any disciplinary action was taken against the student or if any would be taken in the future.

Officials with Child Social Services are investigating and should release a report sometime next week, Howard said.

We'll have more details on this story tonight at 11.


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