US: Eight year-old brings loaded pistol to school

An eight-year-old in US brought loaded 9-mm pistol and sold to a classmate for USD 3.50.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 15:37 PM IST

New York: An eight-year-old in US brought
into school his father`s loaded 9-mm pistol and sold to a
classmate for USD 3.50.

The third-grader from Queens, New York, took the gun
from the top of a shelf where his father hid it for
protection, police officials said yesterday.

Three live rounds were in the pistol when the boy
brought it into school on Thursday and sold it to a fellow
student, New York Daily reported.

"The whole idea of a second- or third-grader carrying
a loaded firearm into a crowded school and selling it is very
disturbing on so many levels," said Queens District Attorney
Richard Brown.

The gun`s serial number had been scratched off, Police
Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Ignacio Galvan, 54, who is the father of the boy, was
awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges that
included criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the
welfare of a child.

The boy is facing weapons possession charges in Queens
Family Court.

Officials found out about the gun sale when the mother
of the boy who purchased it called the school.
The boy who bought the gun has been suspended, Kelly
said.

Parents were grateful neither of the boys decided to
try out the weapon.

PTI

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