Columbus Police Department(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An Ohio elementary school student may have thwarted a potential crisis on Wednesday by quickly reporting a first-grader who came to school with a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his backpack, according to police.“That student did exactly what we ask students to do: see something, say something,” Columbus Division of Police Detective David Bucy told reporters Wednesday. “I think it’s very obvious this could have been the worst day that that school could have ever experienced.”Staff members at Kids Care Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, made the alarming discovery at around 9 a.m. when the 6-year-old boy revealed the gun to a classmate. School administrators secured the gun immediately and placed the school on lockdown.Bucy said the boy’s grandparents had recently reported the gun stolen. It’s unclear why he may have taken the weapon from his grandparents, who are also his guardians.“Given the child’s competency and the age, charges will not be forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor,” Bucy said. “The incident remains open and will be investigated for any other charges that can be filed against any other known persons.”He said it was “difficult” for investigators to get answers from the child due to his age, but Bucy said he may have brought it to school to brag about it.“The reason for why the child brought the gun to school could be any number of reasons. I think it was curiosity to one extent; I think it was, ‘Look what I have in my bag,’ to another extent,” Bucy said. “The true reason why the gun was brought to school was not determined.”The child’s grandparents were brought in for questioning, but no charges had been filed as of Wednesday night, the department said. If probable cause is found charges will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, it said.Bucy said it’s common for schools to see an uptick in these types of incidents around the beginning and end of the school year. He said he hopes it serves as a reminder for parents and teachers alike.“Certainly, if you’re a firearm owner, we expect that the firearm is secured within your house or within within your person at all times,” he said. “And keeping firearms away from juveniles is a must, not a request.”Kids Care Elementary School said it was “proud of the school’s quick response to protect all staff and students from any potential harm and thankful to the police for their assistance.”Police said they’re planning to refer the case to child protective services. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They want to satisfy their competitive fix.“I’m going to go out there and hoop,” said Clarkson, who has averaged 15.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. “I’m going to go out there and play like it’s a real game.”They want to find a balance between resting and learning from other potential and established stars. Russell, who has already appeared in 53 games in his rookie season, admitted feeling “tired.” He played in just 35 games last season as a freshman at Ohio State.Clarkson also planned to rest following the All-Star weekend amid an increased workload in his second NBA season.“There’s going to be a lot of important people there you can meet, pick their brains and get some knowledge,” said Russell, who has averaged 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting and 3.3 assists. “But I want to get out there, have fun and get off my feet.”Glass half fullTime has passed and wounds have healed for Shaquille O’Neal to speak glowingly about Bryant. O’Neal “commended” Bryant on how he has handled his farewell tour with grace.“I wish I had a Shaq tour,” said O’Neal, who retired after 19 NBA seasons because of an Achilles injury. “It would’ve been fun. I would’ve gotten a lot of gifts. But it happened the way it happened. You can’t complain. You have to move on.”O’Neal then thanked the Lakers for planning to unveil his statue outside Staples Center during the 2016-17 season.“It’s a great honor. I never expected to get a statue,” said O’Neal, mindful the Lakers have statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former broadcaster Chick Hearn. “I wasn’t going to ask.” Lakers coach Byron Scott hoped that will spur Russell and Clarkson to grow eventually into All-Star players.If you’re there and not aspiring to be one, to me, there’s no reason to be playing,” Scott said. “You want to be an All-Star and you want to be great. Some guys get there and some guys don’t. But at least you want to do everything in your power to give yourself an opportunity.” But Bryant, Russell and Clarkson all dismissed that such a weekend could strengthen the trio’s bond. The skepticism mostly stems from practical reasons.Bryant will stay with his family at a different hotel than Russell and Clarkson, so the Lakers’ 37-year-old star can maximize recovery time and privacy. The three have also kept a constant dialogue throughout a trying 2015-16 season that has entailed having the Western Conference’s worst record (11-43). Instead, Russell and Clarkson found different value in their weekend excursion. TORONTO >> Plenty of their teammates will rest. Their head coach will vacation in Mexico. But for Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, the NBA All-Star break actually just means more work.Russell and Clarkson will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday at Air Canada Centre, a game that will feature 10 American rookie and sophomore players competing against 10 foreign rookies and sophomore players. Bryant has been selected for his 18th and final starting appearance in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. In between events, Clarkson will spend his Saturday judging the Development League dunk contest and compete in the Skills Challenge, an event that entails shooting, passing and dribbling drills in an obstacle course. “It’s always good to break up the first year, especially for the young guys where you have that moment where you get away from everything,” Bryant said. “You’re around your peers and you get a chance to kind of compare stories and lean on each other.”