4th Grader Brings Grenade To Texas School

breaking news generic CBS

An elementary school in suburban Fort Worth was evacuated for more than an hour Tuesday morning after a fourth-grader showed up with a hand grenade, authorities said.

The grenade still had the pin in it, but it was later determined to be "inert and safe," school district spokeswoman Julie Thannum said. A bomb squad was called in to remove it from a classroom.

CBS station KTVT in Dallas was told that the child got the grenade as a souvenir from someone who had recently returned from Iraq.

"The boy wasn't mad at anyone," Cpl. Mike Bedrich of the Southlake Department of Public Safety told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper. "He just thought it would be cool to bring it to school."

School staff and 530 students were allowed to return to Old Union Elementary School a little over an hour later.

Thannum declined to say if any action would be taken against the student.
  • Joel Roberts


Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now