MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) _ A fourth-grader who brought his family's 9-millimeter handgun to school for show-and-tell has been suspended and will likely face criminal charges.

The gun was unloaded, but the boy brought the bullets with him, too.

The student, a 10-year-old whose name was not released, could also be expelled, said Mountain Grove School Superintendent Ken Southard.

``From what we have been told at this point, the child did not intend to do anything maliciously,'' Southard said. ``But still, it is a very serious offense.''

He said a teacher confiscated the weapon before the boy could show it to classmates during Thursday.

It was the first time any student was discovered with a gun on any campus in this town of 4,000 people, 50 miles east of Springfield, Southard said.

Patrolman Danny Bledsoe said criminal charges were pending, although police hadn't decided exactly what to charge the boy with.