A 7-year-old boy is under investigation after a school official found a loaded gun in his backpack Thursday morning.
Wave Preparatory Elementary School, in Far Rockaway, Queens, was placed on lockdown, and school safety officials confiscated the .22 caliber handgun. The New York Post reports that the boy’s parents were notified and he was seen leaving the school with a female relative, and “smiled cheerfully as he went into the police van with her.”
This news comes in the thick of a national gun crisis. On Wednesday, President Obama announced a plan to curb gun violence in America, which would require background checks for all gun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. President Obama’s plan is a response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were gunned down in December.