In a letter sent home with parents of Westside Elementary students, there was no evidence the kindergartner was intending to fire the gun at school.
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What will happen to the 5-year-old who brought the gun to school in his backpack? According to Tennessee State law, there is a zero tolerance policy for students who bring drugs or guns to school.
READ: State of Tennessee Zero Tolerance Law
The law states each local and county board of education must ensure safe and secure learning environments free of drugs, violence and dangerous weapons.
It is the school district's responsibility to impose swift, certain, and severe disciplinary sanctions on any student who brings drugs or weapons onto school property school buses or to school activities.
The punishment, which is left up to each local superintendent, could include suspension or expulsion.