11-yr-old Utah boy takes gun to school after Connecticut shooting
An 11-year-old boy took a gun to school after the Connecticut school shooting in the US.
The Utah sixth-grader told administrators that he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to the Connecticut school, officials said on Tuesday.
He is being held in juvenile detention on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students at the suburban Salt Lake City elementary school told police he threatened them with the handgun, the Herald Sun reports.
Teachers and administrators at West Kearns Elementary School confronted the boy in class on Monday after students reported about the weapon, Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said.
"The boy had an unloaded gun and ammunition in his backpack", he said, adding: "The .22-caliber handgun had been left at the boy's home by a relative".
According to the report, authorities have not released the child's name.
The boy told others his parents sent him to school with the gun for protection, which his parents adamantly have denied, Horsley said.
''The family is rocked by this. They have been very forthcoming,'' Horsley said, adding: "The boy was expected to be charged in juvenile court on Tuesday.
Separately, Utah's attorney general-elect, John Swallow, said he planned to make school safety a high priority and that fortifying schools might be one solution, the report added.