6-year-old kindergarten student took gun to school Monday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police say a 6-year-old kindergarten student brought a gun to school Monday.

The 6-year-old student at Central Park Elementary School took the gun to school but didn’t know.

Police say she reached inside her backpack to get a snack and noticed the gun inside.

“I salute the young child. I salute her because she notified her friend, notified the teacher,” said Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department. “The teacher was able to retrieve the gun and the backpack and no one was hurt.”

Police say a family member put the gun in the backpack the night before as they removed items from their car following a wreck.

In the rush of getting ready for school Monday morning, they simply forgot the gun was there.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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