Location: Texas

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Alvin 6th-grader shoots himself in the leg in class

ALVIN - A 6th-grade student at Passmore Elementary School accidentally fired a .22-caliber automatic pistol he had in his pocket Tuesday, grazing his leg, school officials said.

The student, who was not identified, had apparently brought his father's pistol to school and was playing with it in his pocket when the gun went off shortly before noon, said school superintendent Greg Smith.

Smith said a surprised substitute teacher in the language arts class asked "What was that?" when the gun went off.

"That was my gun," the student answered. "I shot myself in the leg."

The wound was minor and did not cause any bleeding. "He was very lucky," Smith said.

Well, that is certainly more fodder for the gun grabber's hysterical ravings.

Campus police are investigating to see if the boy will face criminal charges of bringing a firearm onto a campus. The boy's father may also face charges of allowing a minor to have access to a firearm, Smith said.

"We have a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of weapons being brought to school," Smith said.

Sounds as if they have it under control. The student will be disciplined, the father will have to shoulder responsibility for his child, but I'm certain that won't stop the GFW's from calling for more laws.


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