A Utah sixth-grader was arrested after bringing a gun to school to protect himself in the event of a school shooting.

He brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School, hiding it in his backpack.

Witnesses say the boy either p0inted the gun at students on the playground, or threatened them with it verbally.

Regardless, school staff immediately sprung into action.

From NBC News:

Horsley said two of the boy’s classmates complained to a teacher at about 3 p.m. MST, about 45 minutes before the end of the school day. The teacher immediately secured the boy and took him to the principal’s office. It was the principal who retrieved the boy’s backpack from his classroom and contacted Granite School District police. Police were able to find the weapon and secured the situation in three to five minutes, Horsley said.

The boy also had ammunition, although the gun was not loaded and it was not immediately clear whether the bullets were the appropriate ammunition for the gun, Horsley said.

The student was charged with one count of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and three charges of aggravated assault, which is a third-degree felony, involving the alleged waving of the weapon at other students in a threatening manner.

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The young man will reportedly face serious criminal charges, and “will not be let back into the traditional school setting ever”


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