South Florida

Third-Grader Who Brought Gun to Lauderhill School Gets Home Detention

An arrest affidavit said the gun belongs to the 9-year-old boy's father

A South Florida 9-year-old accused of threatening three of his classmates with a loaded gun at his Lauderhill elementary school was ordered to spend 21 days in home detention at a hearing Wednesday.

The boy, a third-grader at Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary School, must also wear an ankle bracelet, can't have access to guns or weapons, and can't return to the school, a juvenile court judge ruled.

The student was accompanied by his parents during the hearing. He was also told to have no contact with the three classmates.

The child was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and three counts of aggravated assault after authorities say he brought a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun to the school and aimed it at the three classmates Tuesday morning.

"You see this, this is a real gun," the boy said, before he made comments about being bullied by them, according to police.

The boy's teacher notified the school's vice principal, who then notified a school resource officer, who was able to take the handgun from the student without incident. An arrest affidavit said the gun belongs to the boy's father.

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