Loaded gun found in student's backpack

Loaded gun found in student's backpack

A loaded gun was found after it fell out of the backpack of a six-year-old student at Somerset Academy Lakes in suburban West Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The tuition-free public charter school is located at 2845 Summit Blvd. and serves kindergarten through 5th-grade students.

The principal initially said that a teacher found the gun in the backpack of the early childhood student before classes began. But the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office later said the gun fell out when the child entered his classroom and tossed down the backpack.

The school said the child did not intend to bring the weapon to campus and didn't know it was in the backpack.

When the weapon was found the classroom was secured, students were removed and no one was ever in danger, the school said.

The sheriff's office believes no students were ever in danger and detectives are still investigating how the weapon ended up in the child's backpack.

Teacher found gun in backpack of early childhood student at Somerset Academy Lakes Elementary this AM. PBSO investigating @WPTV pic.twitter.com/5Zxzr2sXzW

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