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Parents arm 11-year-old with .22 ‘for protection at school’

West Kearns Elementary SchoolFrom the what-in-the-world-were-they-thinking department comes a report out of Salt Lake City, where a sixth-grade student was given a loaded handgun by his parents “for protection” in school on Monday.

According to Fox 13, the unidentified student, aged 11, reportedly pulled the gun from his backpack during recess at West Kearns Elementary School. Isabel Rios, a fellow sixth-grader, said the boy pointed the gun at her head and told her he was going to kill her.

Students did not immediately inform teachers about the weapon. A spokesman told the station that once teachers were alerted, the student was “apprehended in 30 to 45 seconds” and brought to the principal’s office. Police were notified and came to take the boy to juvenile hall.

But it’s obviously not just the student who needs a time-out. His parents could use a good talking to as well.

Understandably, parents of other students were upset to learn of the situation. One of them. John Klaus, complained to reporters, “There was no lockdown. No one was called. Nothing was done. And then we had to hear it from our kids.”

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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