Boy brings gun to school to look 'cool'

A 12-year-old boy brought an unloaded handgun to Wedgewood Elementary School in Baton Rouge on Monday, landing him in juvenile detention, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the school, located at 2330 Aspenwood Drive, at 1 p.m. Another student reported that the boy, a fifth-grader, had a gun. Soon after, a .45-caliber weapon was found in the boy’s booksack, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The student brought the gun, which he took from a relative’s home, to school in order to look “cool,” Hicks said. The student never made any threats while the gun was in his possession, she said.

He’s been booked on one count of illegal possession of a firearm on a school campus. Under Louisiana’s “Zero Tolerance” student disciplinary law, students in grades one to five who bring firearms to school can be expelled for up to two semesters.

Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, said simply that “appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.” Bromery said the school system takes such incidents very seriously and students are reminded often to report such matters to adults.

“In this instance, a student followed that advice and reported the presence of the weapon to staff who took immediate action to disarm the individual with the weapon,” Bromery said.