Pittsburgh readers may be interested to know that the owner of a pistol that an 8-year-old boy stole and brought it to school will not be charged with a weapons crime, authorities in the state where the incident occurred said. Though school officials acknowledge that the gun was unloaded and the boy did not mean any harm, he apparently will be suspended for the rest of the school year.
According to a news article about the case, the gun owner is a close friend of the boy's family. The boy was recently visiting the man's home and was searching around in a closet when he discovered a box on a high shelf. Using a chair or other object, he reached the box and discovered a .25-caliber pistol inside. He took the pistol and snuck it out of the house without the man's knowledge.
The boy brought the gun to school to show his friends. A teacher noticed the weapon in his backpack and gave it school administrators. A state law requires that any student who brings a gun to school be suspended for a year even if the student did not intend to use it.
As for the gun's owner, prosecutors determined that he exercised a reasonable standard of care. He kept the gun in a reasonably safe place with the ammunition in a separate place, and never showed the gun to the boy. Therefore, he is not legally responsible for the gun being brought into the school, the chief of the school system's police force said.
Source: The Florida Times-Union, "No charges against owner of gun that Glynn County second-grader brought to school," Terry Dickson, Nov. 11, 2012
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