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Eight elementary students pass gun around at Tennessee school

Eight elementary school students in Memphis, Tenn., face discipline and possibly juvenile charges after a 7-year-old brought a gun to school and passed it around on campus.


Memphis police were dispatched to Ross Elementary School shortly before noon on Tuesday when school officials reported that students had a firearm, NBC station WMC-TV reported. When officers arrived, they found the gun in the possession of a 10-year-old boy. That boy was arrested.

Police said that the gun was loaded and that the 7-year-old boy had brought the gun to school to show friends.


District officials said no injuries were reported.

On Wednesday, school principal Evette Smith sent a letter to parents that was obtained by WMC-TV.

“School administrators and Memphis Police Department will strictly discipline in accordance with the law and (Memphis City Schools) board policy,” the letter read.

Sgt. Karen Rudolph of the Memphis Police Department told NBC News that all eight of the students involved -- boys whose ages ranged from 7 to 10 -- were issued juvenile summons to appear in court for carrying a weapon on school property.

No other details were immediately available.

A representative from Memphis City Schools was not available.