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Two boys aged just 6 and 7 caught taking two handguns to primary school

Crime WorldBy Shuki Byrne
The boys accused of taking the guns to school in a backpack are brothers
The boys accused of taking the guns to school in a backpack are brothers

Two young boys aged six and seven took two handguns - one of them loaded - to an elementary school in eastern Kentucky, US education officials said today.

Knox County schools spokesman Frank Shelton said a student saw the guns on a school bus and alerted staff at Dewitt Elementary School in Flat Lick.

The boys accused of taking the pistols to school in a backpack are brothers, who are in kindergarten and first grade.

Shelton said the weapons were confiscated at the school, which was briefly put on lockdown, and no-one was injured.

Public Schools spokesman Frank Shelton said:  "A kindergarten student and a first-grader brought a total of two handguns onto the school bus to bring them to school. 

"At this time, the school district is treating this merely as perhaps a show-and-tell type of incident. At this age, they may not have realized that these were actual weapons, not toys."
 
He said pupils were taking home a letter from the district's superintendent about the incident, which is being investigated by Kentucky State Police.