THIBODAUX, La. - A 10-year-old boy was in custody Wednesday after the sheriff said he brought a loaded handgun to school in his backpack.
Sheriff Craig Webre said administrators at Thibodaux Elementary learned that a student was in possession of a .38 caliber automatic pistol. A school resource officer took the gun after it was located in the student's bag.
Webre said the child told them he brought the gun to school to show his friends. The gun apparently belonged to the child's stepfather.
Detectives said they don't believe the child had any intention of firing the weapon or hurting anyone.
The child is being held at the juvenile justice facility pending a hearing on Thursday.
Webre warned students that bringing weapons to school will result in serious consequences regardless of anyone's intentions.
"We have zero tolerance for any child bringing a weapon to school for any reason," Webre said. "Regardless of the intent or excuse, bringing a weapon to school could lead to unspeakable tragedy if it ends up in the wrong hands. No excuses will ever be valid because there are always other options to deal with any problem or situation."