Police: Dad to be charged after son, 8, brings gun to school

Lowell police say the third-grade student removed a gun from his backpack

Courtesy of Lowell Police Department.
Courtesy of Lowell Police Department.

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts father is facing charges after police say his 8-year-old son brought a gun to school.

Lowell police say the third-grade student removed a gun from his backpack and showed several classmates after school let out at Greenhalge Elementary School on Oct. 24.

One of the other students told their parents, who reported the gun to school administrators.

Police say the child thought the weapon was a toy gun, but it was actually an unloaded .25-caliber pistol that had been in the family’s home. They say the gun was in a box that belonged to a relative who was displaced after a fire.

Police say the father faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and improper storage of a firearm.

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