7-Year-Old Packs Knife in Backpack and Threatens Others

SPARKS, NV - School police are investigating an incident at Marvin Moss Elementary School in Sparks after a seven-year-old packed a knife in his backpack and threatened other students at a bus stop.

A letter went home to parents Monday afternoon telling them a student brought a weapon on a school bus in his backpack. Because of the child's age--little information is being given about possible consequences the child will face.

One mom who says her son's life was threatened today--says she wants answers.

"The worst thing you can ever hear from your child's mouth is: well at least mommy he didn't kill me," says Joyce Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says her 7-year-old's life was threatened by another second grader Monday morning at a bus stop inside the Park Vista Apartment Complex in Sparks.

Students on the bus told the bus driver the child had a knife in his backpack.

"It was determined that there was a weapon a parent came and retrieved that weapon," says Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras.

Mieras says because of the child's age, little information can be released about what consequences the child faces.

Joyce Gonzalez says this legality issue is making it very difficult for her and her son.

"How am i supposed to comfort my son if i can't tell him what exactly is happening or what is going on," says Gonzalez.

In the state of Nevada, children under the age of eight cannot face any criminal prosecution.

In this case, the school police will finish their investigation, and pass on the information to school administrators where they can take action.

"We want to make sure all our students and staff are safe, that's our number one step we take. After that we want to determine what was the reason for bringing the weapon on school grounds why was it done, and where did they get access to the weapon," says Chief Mieras.

Joyce says an investigation doesn't change the fact her child is fearful for his life, and is now afraid to go to school. She thinks the situation should have been handled differently.

"If that were a high school student, they'd lock down schools, he'd be expelled, all kinds of things so i ask myself, is my 7-year-olds son's life any less valuable then a high schoolers? I don't think so," says Gonzalez.

School police say the principal did an outstanding job with handling the situation today, and school administrators followed all the school policies.

This investigation is ongoing, but school police reassure parents and students--safety is the number one priority.


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