A Coolidge Elementary School fourth-grader was arrested Friday afternoon after teachers found an unloaded handgun in his backpack, police said.
The 11-year-old boy was arrested on complaints of possession of a firearm on school campus, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and possession of a knife on school campus.
“Nobody was injured and the gun was not loaded,” Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said. “We heard of a threat to another student.”
The boy’s backpack was searched after another student was caught with a knife and said he got the knife from the 11-year-old boy, police reported.
Oklahoma City police were called to the school, 5212 S Villa, as soon as the incident was reported by the student to a staff member around 1 p.m., Tinnin said.
The school was not locked down, she said, “because as soon as it was reported the student was isolated and police were called.”
Parents were notified by phone and letters about the incident will be sent home with students Monday, according to Tinnin, who said there will be additional security at the school when students return.
Steps for security
The boy was taken to the Berry House, a center where police take juveniles arrested on felony complaints.
District elementary schools, unlike high schools and middle schools, do not have police officers on campus.
Rod McKinley, chief human resources officer and head of security for the district, said Friday he intends to have police officers working elementary schools by the start of the 2014-2015 school year to ensure the safety of students and teachers.
“There is a need for this,” McKinley said.
CONTRIBUTING: JONATHAN SUTTON, STAFF WRITER