The parents of a four-year-old boy have been arrested after he brought a loaded handgun to school. According to 1011 Now, the little boy arrived at Amite Elementary Magnet School with the.22-caliber pistol in his backpack. His teacher discovered the firearm when he attempted to show it to a classmate. Then, to make matters worse, school administrators later discovered that it was loaded. The Amite Police Department was contacted almost immediately after the gun was confiscated.
“I’m assuming she had it laying on the seat, and he just reached down there, got it and put it in his book sack,” Chief Trabona said. “She doesn’t remember where the gun was. If the baby would have been thinking it’s a play gun and shot somebody with it, you don’t know where that bullet is going. It was a semi-automatic. If he would have pulled it, he could have pulled it again. There was another bullet ready to go,” Trabona said.
The riveting story has caught the attention of several news outlets online, and many are outraged about the ease of accessibility to the gun. Needless to say, most parents have agreed the incident is quite disturbing because the outcome could have been much different. During a recent news interview, Amite Elementary parent Michelle Brumfield shared her reaction to the shocking incident after hearing a gun had been confiscated on the Pre-K/kindergarten area of the school.
“I freaked out because I’m trying to figure out, where’s my child? Is she okay? What part was isolated? What happened?” Brumfield said. “But once I saw the write-up, I’m like, oh my gosh that’s on the pre-k kindergarten hall.”
The discovery of the gun led to the arrest of the boy’s parents — identified as 36-year-old Kenji Steptow and 30-year-old Kenisha Steptow. Although the gun was registered to Kenji, the Amite Police Department insists Kenisha “was criminally negligent in allowing her child to come into possession of a firearm and take it to school.”
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[Image(s) Via Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office]