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Police: 7-Year-Old Child Brought Gun To Dillard Elementary In Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A 7-year-old child was detained at Dillard Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale for bringing a gun to school, according to police.

"When I woke up and I was looking out of my bedroom window I just saw all the cops," says Deborah Bosket, a witness.

Fort Lauderdale police officials say staff at Dillard received information that a student had a gun on campus shortly before 8:00 a.m.

"This morning, prior to the start of the school day, school administrators at Dillard Elementary School received information from a student about a possible weapon on campus. School administrators immediately placed the school on a code red lockdown and safely handled the situation and confiscated the weapon." the school district said in a statement.

"I can't even fathom that thought.. a child that young bringing a gun to school," explained Chanel Hubbard, as she was picking up her granddaughter.

The school then went on a code yellow lockdown as the school's School Resource Officer and law enforcement investigated.

Deborah Bosket, who lives across the street from the school, said she was horrified that someone so young get a hold of a deadly weapon.

"The parents shouldn't have something that serious out around those kids. It's just crazy and senseless," she said.

In response to the incident, police issued the following statement.

"Dillard Elementary School operations have returned to normal. The 7-year-old boy who was found with the handgun was interviewed by detectives and is not being charged at this time. Detectives have additionally been in contact with the child's parents."

The student involved will face appropriate school disciplinary measures.

The school district commended the student who did the right thing - seeing something and saying something.


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