Elementary school student found with unloaded firearm

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Guam – An elementary school student was found with a deadly but unloaded weapon yesterday.

Around 11:30 AM yesterday, Machanaonao Elementary School officials confiscated an unloaded firearm from one of their students.

According to a release from GDOE Public Information Officer Isa Baza, another student had reported the weapon to a teacher, which prompted a bag search. When the school employees discovered the gun, they handed it over to the principal. GPD was contacted, and police and Student Attendance Officers responded immediately in removing the gun from the campus.

The student who brought the weapon said they had found it over the summer.

DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez commented on the incident:

“We are extremely grateful that this did not result in any bad outcomes, that students were comfortable in reporting this to adults, and that the adults knew the steps to take to contain the situation and ensure student safety. We need everybody’s help to keep our campuses secure, and part of that is ensuring we protect our kids and keep them away from firearms both on and off campus. We need to let our kids know that guns are not toys and should not be played with. In this case, we are very lucky that this incident did not go any further, and we hope everyone in the community will work with us to guide our students and ensure safety on our school campuses.”

According to CNN, as of May 25th, there have been 23 school shootings across the nation This comes out to an average of more than one shooting per week.