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6-year-old brings gun to Sunset school

A 6-year-old student and his parent were escorted from Sunset Elementary School by a Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy after the student brought a loaded gun to school. (Alex Ross Photo)

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A 6-year-old student was escorted off the grounds of Sunset Elementary School Tuesday, after it was discovered that the boy brought a loaded revolver to school to show friends.

Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, an investigation found that the student did not bring the .22 caliber compact revolver to school with malicious intent, but for show-and-tell purposes.

Deputies responded to a call at 9:30 a.m. and headed to the school. Yslas said the gun was discovered when a teacher observed the student showing the handgun to one or more friends.

The teacher then immediately took possession of the handgun and brought both the gun and the student who possessed it to the principal’s office.

Dr. Ann Lynn Mcllroy, superintendent of the Roswell Independent School District, said a trained RISD employee conducted a threat assessment to determine the level of risk associated with the student’s action.

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She added that parents of children in the same classroom were being notified of the discovery of the gun later in the day by the school principal.

A deputy escorted the student and his parent off the school property back to their residence for further investigation. Yslas added that officials with the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families along with the juvenile court system and Juvenile Probation have all been contacted.

Investigators are also looking at the parents and how the child was able to gain access to the revolver.

Roswell Independent School District has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to weapons on school grounds, Yslas said, and each case is treated extremely seriously.

McIlroy said the school district is not at liberty to discuss any student’s disciplinary actions with anyone other than the student and the student’s parents or legal guardians.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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