Paris: The father of a seven-year-old boy has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after his son was caught bringing a gun to school.
The child brought the pistol into his classroom in Bruay-sur-l`Escaut, in northern France, The Local news portal reported on Friday.
While the gun was not loaded and nobody was hurt, teachers took the matter seriously and reported the matter to police.
The owner of the gun, the boy`s father, was sentenced to prison for possession of arms and endangering the lives of others. He was also fined several hundred euros.
The 36-year-old man had a long criminal record with a string of offences in both France and across the border in Belgium.
His two sons, aged seven and nine, have been taken into protection.