Commonwealth Journal

April 24, 2013

Pistol-toting student released to parents

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

The young boy who was charged by authorities with bringing a gun to his elementary school has been released back into the custody of his parents, according to school officials.
Sonya Wilds, assistant superintendent of Pulaski County Schools, said that the boy, who is 11, went back to his family and left the custody of juvenile detention  following his Tuesday appearance in Pulaski District court.
Records of court proceedings regarding a juvenile are sealed and considered confidential, so full details are unavailable. 
However, Wilds was able to report that the student will have another appearance next Thursday where she expects more to happen than did this week. 
“We’ll deal with it more then,” she said.
Wilds also said that the boy has not been expelled from school at this time.
The student — who, as a juvenile, was not named by official sources — apparently brought the compact pistol, a .25 model, to school by accident Monday morning.
Wilds said that the student was a parent drop-off and did not ride the bus. After he arrived, he realized the gun was in his pocket after apparently carrying it in that pair of pants the night before.
The student told a teacher that he’d brought the gun to school and it was given to School Resource Office Deputy Scott West. The boy was then taken into custody by the sheriff’s department and lodged in juvenile detention.
Sheriff Todd Wood expects the student to be tried as a juvenile. Bringing a gun to school is a Class B felony charge.
“Regardless if it was a mistake, it was a mistake with serious consequences,” said Wilds. “... Having a gun on school grounds is non-negotiable.”