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Five-Year-Old Brought Loaded Gun To School

January 12, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 5-year-old kindergarten pupil was found carrying a loaded, .25-caliber automatic in a public school Wednesday, police said.

The handgun was discovered on the little boy shortly after 10 a.m., after a classmate told a teacher at P.S. 93 in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Diane Kubler.

The child’s name was not released because of his age. He told school authorities that ″an unknown man put the gun in his pocket on the way to school,″ Kubler said.

Police took the boy to precinct headquarters and were trying to determine where the gun came from.

Donald Miller, a teacher, thought at first the gun was a toy when a child pointed it out in the cafeteria. When Miller asked the boy for it, he handed it to him with the barrel pointed at the teacher, said Bert Shanas, a spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers.

Miller took the gun to the school office, where a custodian familiar with firearms confirmed it was real and said it was cocked and loaded. The custodian removed three bullets from the gun, Shanas said.

Miller, a teacher for 21 years, was shaken by the incident and did not want to be interviewed, Shanas said.

Schools Chancellor Richard Green said he applauded the teacher’s actions.

″In a city where 5 1/2 -year-olds have access to lethal weapons, our children are in great peril,″ Green said. ″Safety in our schools must be our No. 1 priority.″

At least two students and one teacher have been arrested on weapons-related charges in the past two months.

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