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5th grader says he saw student with gun threaten others


Students give NBC12 dramatic new details about the second grader who carried a loaded gun onto a Henrico school bus. A Henrico schools spokesperson says the gun made it into the classroom at Ratcliffe Elementary School before classmates saw the gun and reported it.

That student has now been suspended, but criminal charges have not been filed.

NBC12 did speak to the second grader and his family briefly, but they did not want to talk about what happened. 

While that family isn't talking, children who ride the bus every day are. 

"He was threatening the kids and he pointed it at his own cousin," says a fifth grader at Ratcliffe, who rides the bus with the accused child. He says he was there when the second grader pulled out the gun. Police say it was loaded.

The fifth grader's family asked that we not identify him.

"He was threatening that he was going to kill him," he said.

Kathy Jackson's nephew and daughter were also on that bus.

"We really didn't know it was this bus until yesterday evening when they got home," she said.  She fears what could have happened. "What if he had pulled that trigger? Anybody could have got hurt."

The seven-year-old told police he brought the gun from home and it belongs to a relative.  Neighbors tell NBC12 the boy lives with his grandfather. NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin says the parents or guardian of the boy could now be punished if it's found that person did not take steps to lock up the gun.

"They have a duty, a legal obligation, to ensure that child cannot get access to that gun, and if the child does, then that can be charged as felony child neglect," he said. If a person is found guilty of child neglect, they could be facing five years behind bars.

As to why the student brought the gun to school; that has not been answered. But the fifth grader says the second grader was bullied.

"People just pick at him," he said.

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