Police: 7-year-old detained after gun brought to elementary school
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating after a 7-year-old brought a gun to school Friday, authorities said.
Police were called to Dillard Elementary School at 2330 NW 12th Court just before 8 a.m.
“When I was looking out my bedroom window, I just seen all the cops,” Deborah Bosket, whose grandson attends the school, told Local 10 News. “It’s just crazy and senseless.”
According to Detective Ali Adamson, who is also a spokeswoman for the police department, staff members were notified that the student had a gun on campus, and the school’s guardian was able to speak with the child and locate the handgun.
Adamson said the school was initially placed on a code red lockdown, but it has since been downgraded to a code yellow.
She said the student has been detained. It’s unclear whether the child will face charges due to their age.
“The parents shouldn’t have something that serious out and loose, and around the kids,” Bosket said.
A spokesperson from Broward County Public Schools released the following statement on the matter:
“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 remains on a code yellow lockdown as the school’s School Resource Officer and law enforcement continue its investigation. The student involved will face appropriate school disciplinary measures. The District commends the student who did the right thing – seeing something and saying something. At all times, the safety and security of our students and staff are our highest priorities.”