Aliquippa police investigate loaded gun found in kindergartener's backpack

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Aliquippa police are investigating an incident in which a teacher reported that a loaded handgun was found in the backpack of a kindergarten student.

Police Chief Donald A. Couch Jr. said an Aliquippa Elementary teacher learned on Monday that the boy had a small-caliber revolver inside the bag and notified administrators, who called police.

“Nobody was ever in danger. … The kid was not holding it or handling it — nobody was handling it,” Chief Couch said.

Police have contacted the child’s mother and her boyfriend and are investigating to determine whether to file criminal charges.

The chief would not disclose what the boy said to detectives but said he does not believe he intended to harm anyone.

Chief Couch said the gun came from inside the boy’s home but was registered to a person who was born in 1914.

In a letter to parents, district Superintendent David A. Wytiaz said another student told the teacher about the gun, which was “never visible to any student.”

“I want to assure you that at no time was student safety compromised,” the letter said in part.


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