Boy takes gun to school 'in case of shooting'

Last updated 09:37 20/12/2012

An 11-year-old boy takes a gun to school, claiming he wants to defend himself from an attack similar to the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Sarah Charlton reports.

Related Links

28 dead in Connecticut school shooting First funerals held for US shooting victims Students return after school massacre

Relevant offers


'Burn in hell', Sydney schoolboy arrested over social media posts Body found in search for missing US ship, believed to have sunk off the Bahamas California Governor Jerry Brown gives go-ahead to euthanasia bill Another shooting shocks America as 11-year-old boy kills 8-year-old neighbour 'She stepped on air', inquest opens into death of UK tourist at Kings Canyon Live webcam bald eagle love triangle ends badly, very badly How do you escape a bear attack? Shove your arm down it's throat British babysitter who had sex with boy avoids jail after his father defends her Nearly 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, nature is fighting back A Colorado marijuana business is being sued over use of pesticides in its weed

US authorities say an 11-year-old boy caught with a gun at school in Utah told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to the mass shooting last week at a Connecticut primary school.

School officials say the boy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students told police he pointed the handgun at them on a field at a suburban Salt Lake City elementary school.

Officials say school staff confronted the boy in class after hearing he had a weapon and seized the unloaded gun and ammunition from his backpack.

Authorities have not released the child's name and will not say where he got the gun. No one was injured.

The boy was due in juvenile court today.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content