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Montana elementary school finds handgun on student

January 9, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police were called to a Montana elementary school after district officials say a third-grader brought a handgun to school to show friends.

Billings Public Schools Superintendent Greg Upham tells the Billings Gazette that the student apparently got the gun while in the care of a babysitter.

Upham says the student did not act violently and the incident appears to be cause by “poor use of judgment.”

Police Lt. Brandon Wooley says school staff had confiscated the weapon before officers arrived Tuesday at Washington Elementary School.

A school resource officer was alerted to the gun after at least one student told the school’s principal. The officer then called the Billings Police Department.

Wooley says the school did not go on lockdown. He declined to say if the gun was loaded.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com