Child Brings Gun To Elementary School In Vero Beach

Treasure Coast Elementary School
Treasure Coast Elementary School (Photo: Tamera Will Wissinger

VERO BEACH, Florida – A child brought a handgun to the Treasure Coast Elementary school Tuesday.

The School District of Indian River County said the student was unaware they were in possession of the gun. The staff was notified when it was discovered.

There was no intent to hurt anyone at the school.

“The student was unaware that they were in possession of the handgun,” said Schools Public Information Officer Flynn Fidgeon.

The parents of the 7-year-old were immediately contacted by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office about the handgun.

One of the parents is a corrections officer with the Indian River County Jail, the Sheriff’s Office said. The weapon is considered to be civilian.

“(The student) was kind of freaked out,” said Indian River County Sheriff’s Spokesman Lt. Eric Flowers.

Authorities are working with the State Attorney’s Office. The owner of the gun could be charged.

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