BRUNSWICK, GA. | School police are investigating how a 6-year-old student got a pistol and brought it to Golden Isles Elementary School Thursday, officials said.


The .25-caliber pistol was unloaded and had no magazine so it could not be fired, Glynn County schools spokesman Jim Weidhaas said in a printed statement.

After students told a paraprofessional a classmate had shown them a gun, the staff member immediately took the weapon from the student, secured it and removed the student from the classroom, Weidhaas said.

The paraprofessional took the weapon to school administrators who notified the on-campus resource police officer, he said.

“A school lock down was not initiated since there was no threat to other students once the weapon was removed by the staff member. The school day continued as normal,” said Rod Ellis, chief of school police.

Ellis credited the students for informing an adult about the pistol and the paraprofessional for taking immediate action.

Principal Kathryn Matthews notified parents through a telephone message delivered while classes were still in session and also sent a letter home with students, Weidhaas said.

Weidhaas said appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the student.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405