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No charges after gun goes off inside backpack at Tenn. elementary school, police say

Parents pick up their children at Westside Elementary School in Memphis, Tenn. after a gun went of in a student's backpack.
CBS affiliate WREG
(CBS/AP) MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis police say no charges will be filed against a kindergartener after a gun discharged inside the child's backpack in a school cafeteria.

Police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says the 5-year-old student and the child's mother were released from custody Thursday night, hours after the kindergartner was detained by police at Westside Elementary School.

Officials say the child was waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria when the gun went off. No one was hurt, and security officers took control of the backpack.

Emily Yellin, a spokeswoman for Shelby County Schools said it is believed another backpack hit the 5-year-old's backpack and the gun went off, CBS affiliate WREG reports

Investigators determined the child obtained the gun from a closet at home and placed it in the backpack. Rudolph said Friday that the information was presented to the attorney general's office, which decided not to file charges.

Police are not releasing the identity of the child and mother.

Complete coverage of the incident at Westside Elementary School on Crimesider

  • Stephanie Slifer

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