UPDATE: 8/22/13 7:29 PM CDT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say no one was hurt when a gun discharged inside a 5-year-old kindergartener's backpack at a Memphis elementary school cafeteria.
A statement from the Shelby County school district said the gun went off Thursday inside a kindergarten student's backpack as students were waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary School. School staffers immediately took control of the backpack.
School security officers and the Memphis Police Department responded to the incident. The child was detained and was being questioned by officers Thursday afternoon, with the child's mother present. A police spokeswoman said investigators were trying to determine how the gun ended up in the backpack.
There was no evidence of harmful intent, the school district said.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a gun went off inside a kindergartener's backpack in a Memphis school cafeteria, though no one was hurt.
A news release from the Shelby County school district Thursday says the gun went off inside the student's backpack in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary School. School staffers immediately took control of the backpack.
The school system says there was no evidence of harmful intent. However, the school has a zero-tolerance policy against guns.
School security officers and the Memphis Police Department responded quickly, and the child was taken into custody.
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