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Loaded Gun Found In Second-Grader’s Desk At Elementary School In Sacramento On Same Day Of Texas Mass Shooting

Loaded Gun Found In Second-Grader’s Desk At Elementary School In Sacramento On Same Day Of Texas Mass Shooting

The gun was reported by the students and was immediately seized by the police.

A loaded gun was discovered inside the desk of a second-grade child at Edward Kemble Elementary in Sacramento. 

Students at the school warned staff that one of their classmates had brought a gun to school, and police were called to the site and the firearm was seized, according to CBS. The district said in a statement to families after the incident, "It is our promise to you that we will do all that we can to learn from today’s experience so that we can keep your child and our schools safe."

 



 

 

The Sacramento City Unified School District says it is working with authorities, who are investigating the incident. The event occurred on the same day as the Texas mass shooting in which 19 students and two adults were killed. The students who reported the gun on school were lauded for their bravery and alertness in Sacramento City Unified's statement to the Kemble family.

The statement read, "We are grateful that this incident did not result in a tragedy such as those that districts have experienced, including today’s tragic and senseless mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. This is due in large part to the bravery and awareness of the students who came forward and alerted staff at Kemble today."

 



 

 

The 18-year-old shooter opened fire at Robb Elementary School and is accused of having murdered his grandmother before going on the rampage. According to officials, the adolescent was equipped with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, and high-capacity magazines, as well as body armor. He was shot by the authorities after he fatally killed 21 people in the school.

In another incident a day after the mass shooting, a Texas student was arrested after being found with an "AK-47 style pistol" and a "replica AR-15 style" rifle. He was arrested outside a high school in Richardson, over 350 miles north of Uvalde, reports BBC. He was charged with unauthorized carrying of weapons in a weapons-free school zone after the firearms were discovered in his car. 

 



 

 

Following the tragic occurrence, US President Joe Biden encouraged Americans to oppose the gun lobby, reports Unilad. He said during his address, "When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?" He added, "It is time to turn this pain to the action, for every parent, every citizen of this country. We have to make it clear to every elected official in this country: it’s time to act. It’s time for those who obstruct or delay or blocked the common sense gun laws – we need to let you know that we will not forget."

References:

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2022/05/24/south-sac-school-gun-second-grader/

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-61576584

https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/gun-found-in-school-desk-of-second-grader-20220525

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Kevin Dietsch