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Probably no charges after a student brings a loaded gun into Lincoln Elementary School

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The student who brought a loaded gun into Prescott Elementary School last week won’t face any legal trouble, but that may not be the end of the story.

Lincoln Public Schools said a fifth grader showed the gun to another student and made troubling comments about the violence.

In a statement, LPS said the student faced legal consequences.

But Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon said otherwise.

“Because of the legal requirements in this case and the age of the child, there’s really nothing we could do,” she said.

Condon said Lincoln Police sued the 10-year-old boy who brought his gun to school with four felonies, including making terrorist threats, using a gun to commit a felony, illegal possession of a firearm in a school and possession of a gun by a minor.

But state laws don’t allow authorities to prosecute anyone under the age of 11.

He said there are other ways they could continue with the case.

“I mean, there are things that we could potentially look into for the parents, depending on how the gun was stored, anything like that,” Condon said. “Then maybe there’s one type of malpractice allegation we could look into for the parents.”

But Condon said police have yet to find evidence that the parents’ actions would be considered negligence.

“Hypothetically, if the parents had a gun and left it on the TV tray or out on the table where the child could pick up the gun and take it to school, then there could be something where the parents are not storing the gun properly.” gun,” he said. “But as I said, so far in this investigation, we haven’t found that to be the case.”

Condon said this is a unique case for him, and he hasn’t faced many situations like this with such a young individual.

He said for any parents who own guns, this can be a lesson in helping keep schools and children safe.

“We have very responsible gun owners and they just need to make sure guns are safe and kids don’t have access to them,” Condon said. “I think you need to keep in mind that if you have young children, they’ll probably be curious, so hiding it may not always work. And you really need to make sure it’s always safe.

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