Third grade kids are supposed to sneak candy, their toys and/or their pet frog into class. They aren’t supposed to be bringing things like guns to school. But that’s just what a nine-year-old student at Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton, Washington did on Wednesday. And when kids get their hands on guns unbeknownst to adults, bad things happen. In this case the boy’s fellow student Amina Bowman was shot and critically wounded. But it was reportedly by accident. What happened?
The boy had reportedly stowed away the gun in his backpack and it somehow accidently discharged and the bullet flew through his backpack and hit Amina. Fortunately, after under undergoing an exploratory surgery, the young girl will be okay, but she will have to have additional surgeries to repair the damages from being shot.
The student who brought the gun to class has been taken into custody and booked for “unlawful possession of a firearm, bringing a dangerous weapon onto school grounds and assault in the 3rd degree.” There is no word how he got his hands on the gun, but it’s just a reminder that in homes that have guns, they really need to be locked away and kept far away from little curious hands.
This shooting hit close to home for BabyCenter blogger Sara McGinnis. She lives right near the school and knows many a family whose kids attend the school. Her Facebook page “lit up with the frightening news” making the tragedy really hit close to home, and in her case, literally.
She wrote, “My kindergarten and first-grader are about to get off their own bus any minute now. I doubt they could’ve heard in such a short time, and I’m not sure how I’ll tell them. What do I say tomorrow morning when I kiss them goodbye — Study hard, get good grades and try not to get shot?”
School should be a safe haven for our children, a place where they go to learn and play. Knowing that third grader are packing firearms in their backpacks is terrifying whether it happens at your school, at the school down the street or anywhere in our country.
Has anything like this happened in your community?