An 11-year-old boy who brought a gun to a Utah elementary school Monday is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening a classmate.
Granite School District administrators said the 6th-grader packed the .22 caliber handgun, along with ammunition, in his backpack and brought it to class at West Kearns Elementary.
The boy told administrators he did it to protect himself in case a school shooting similar to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., happened in Utah. But classmate Isabelle Rios said that’s not how he used the weapon.
“He pulled out a gun and he put it to my head — me and my friend — (and) said he was going to kills us,” Isabelle said. “I told him I was going to tell, but he said, ‘If you tell, I’m going to kill you.'”
Isabelle said it happened during morning recess, but she didn’t alert her teacher until around 3:00 in the afternoon.
Upon learning the information the teacher acted quickly, disarming the student in a matter of seconds, and took him to the school’s office. Police officers were called and arrived within minutes.