April 19th, 2011 05:57 PM
Lousy: 3 kindergartners wounded when gun discharges at Houston school
3 kindergartners wounded when gun discharges at Houston school - CNN.com
(CNN) -- A loaded handgun fell out of a student's pocket onto the lunchroom floor and discharged Tuesday, wounding him and two other kindergartners in a Houston elementary school, the school district said.
None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Houston Independent School District spokesman Jason Spencer told CNN.
School district police are investigating how the 6-year-old who brought the gun to school -- one of the wounded children -- obtained the weapon, Spencer said.
The two boys and one girl, all of them kindergarten students at Ross Elementary School, were taken to a hospital and their parents were notified, Spencer said. One of the boys and the girl suffered foot wounds, and the other boy was wounded in the leg.
"The prognosis is good for these kids," the spokesman said.
Concerned parents flocked to the school to check on their children, CNN Houston affiliate KTRK reported.
"We made a recorded call to every parent," Spencer told CNN.
In 2006-2007, the latest year in which statistics are available, nearly 2,700 students nationwide were expelled or disciplined for bringing a gun to school, said William Modzeleski, associate assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
About 15% of them were elementary school students, Modzeleski told CNN. Those numbers track the previous year's numbers, he added.
"It's a school, community and a family problem," the official said. "If you bring a gun to school, this is a crime."
In elementary school situations, the student might bring a gun in for "show and tell" or it might have been left in a backpack by a parent or stepparent, Modzeleski said. Parents must ensure a weapon is secured at home, and not simply hidden, he said.
The problem can be found in schools everywhere, he said. "We have to get kids on board" to solve the problem, Modzeleski said.
Many schools are pushing prevention and other methods, such as random wanding of students, because metal detectors are costly to staff, are labor intensive and take away from time for teaching, Modzeleski said.
Houston Police will lead the investigation into Tuesday's incident.
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April 19th, 2011 06:17 PM
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