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Alexandria Police say student brought handgun to Lyles-Crouch by accident

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy at 530 S. St. Asaph Street in Old Town. (Via Facebook)

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) said an incident last Friday where a child brought a gun to school was a complete accident.

In a release, APD said the child grabbed the wrong backpack and the one they grabbed contained a family member’s legally owned firearm.

According to APD:

  • The gun was brought to school accidentally, the child grabbed the wrong backpack that happened to contain a family member’s legally owned handgun.
  • The child later in the morning, while in class, observed the gun inside the backpack and approached the teacher about it.
  • The teacher took immediate possession of the bag and notified administrators.
  • The child did the right thing, not touching the gun and approaching a responsible adult about it.
  • To our knowledge no other student observed the weapon not was it removed from the bag at any time.
  • Claims that the child threatened other students have been investigated and not corroborated.

APD said in the release that it will continue the investigation and is working with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to see whether to press charges against the adult.

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