We all know that children and guns are a dangerous combination, yet many parents keep loaded guns in bedside tables or under their mattress. And Georgia law often refuses to hold those parents accountable even when children die or are injured.
On Tuesday, a Spalding County preschool student had a loaded gun in his backpack. Fortunately, a classmate told a Jordan Hill Elementary School teacher about the gun. The teacher brought the backpack and gun to the principal, who called police and the child’s parents. Luckily, no one was injured by the loaded firearm.
According to the AJC, principal Anthony Aikens used the parent notification call system to alert parents, who also received a letter Wednesday.
“All students and families must be aware of the actions that violate school rules and understand the consequences,” Aikens stated in the message to parents. “We can avoid disciplinary action by each of you talking with your student about appropriate behavior at school. And, please, keep all weapons out of the reach of children.”
The AJC reports that the student was disciplined, but details regarding the consequences for the weapon were not released.
Never mind disciplinary action against a 4-year-old.
How about criminal action against the parents?
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that about 1.7 million children live in homes where guns are loaded and unlocked.
Parents somehow believe their youngsters will never find the guns, even though everyone I know who grew up in a household with guns says they knew exactly where their parents hid the weapons.
When students bring guns to school, the guns almost always come from the family home.
Aren't parents accountable when these guns are taken from the homes and brought to school?