The gun was found in a backpack brought by the second-grade student to Middleton Heights Elementary School at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. The backpack was located in the boy’s classroom.
A fellow second-grader told a teacher he saw what appeared to be a handgun while he was riding a school bus to Middleton Heights. The school district then notified the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, which sent 18 deputies to three Middleton schools.
School officials initially thought the gun may have belonged to an older student so they locked down Middleton Middle School and the adjacent Atlas alternative high school, where students move between classes, Superintendent Rich Bauscher said. Midddleton Heights did not require a lockdown, Bauscher said, because students remain in the same classrooms the entire school day.
Deputies located the gun after about a 45-minute search, Bauscher said. No one was hurt, he said.