InfoBeat - 8-year-old brought gun to school
By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 8-year-old boy was briefly taken into
custody Monday after bringing a gun to school and allegedly
threatening a third-grade classmate.
``He said he's going to shoot me. He said he's going to make it
a blood bath and throw me in the Dumpster,'' Fatimah Edwards, 9,
told WCAU-TV. She reported the threat to a teacher, who called
The boy brought the 9 mm gun in his book bag: ``Ammunition was
there, but the gun was unloaded'' and no shots were fired, police
Sgt. Roland Lee said.
It was unclear where the boy got the gun, but police said Monday
night they were holding Murid Brown, the boy's 24-year-old uncle,
on a charge of reckless endangerment.
City police detectives questioned the boy several hours before
releasing him Monday evening, said Lt. Sue Slawson, a police
The boy, whose name was not released, will not face criminal
charges. Under Pennsylvania law, children under 10 cannot be
charged, said Cathie Abookire, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia
district attorney's office.
The incident came the same day a 15-year-old freshman allegedly
opened fire at a high school in Santee, Calif., killing two
students and injuring 13 others.