No charges to be filed in Dye Elem. gun incident

FLINT TWP. — No charges will be filed in the case of a first-grade student at Carman-Ainsworth’s Dye Elementary School who brought an unloaded weapon to school on March 25, according to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.

The incident took place on a Monday morning when students informed their teacher that one of their classmates had what appeared to be a small gun in a backpack, according to a letter issued immediately afterwards by Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff.

Following protocol, school officials confiscated the backpack and notified the Flint Township Police Department. Officers arriving at the school confirmed there was an unloaded smallcaliber firearm in the backpack.

They also determined that there was no immediate danger posed to students or staff.

Tunnicliff stressed the importance of school safety, especially in the wake of a school shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December in which an (adult) gunman killed 20 young children and six adults before turning the gun on himself.

Tunnicliff said he had no comment on the prosecutor’s decision not to press charge.

He also would not comment, which is district policy, on any disciplinary action against the first-grader who brought the gun to school . C-A’s student code of conduct prohibits brining weapons to school including fake ones.

Findings from a police investigation of the incident were turned over to the prosecutor’s office. No official details were disclosed about how or where the child obtained the gun.

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