Student Brings Gun to Chula Vista Elementary School

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    Chula Vista police are investigating the case of an 11-year-old student who brought a gun to school.

    The incident happened last Friday at Feaster Charter Elementary School at 670 Flower St., according to police.

    Police said the fifth grader showed the .44 revolver to other students, but kept it inside a bag.

    Chula Vista Police Captain Lon Turner said police learned about the incident on Monday after a parent called authorities.

    Police do not believe the boy wanted to hurt anyone. Rather he wanted to show his friends, apparently saying it was like the gun he saw in the video game "Call of Duty."

    Turner said the revolver belonged to the boy’s mother’s boyfriend. There is no word if that man could face charges.

    Police said the boy was not arrested. It's unclear what kind of disciplinary action he faces.

    On Thursday, Feaster Charter Elementary sent a note home to parents which read, in part:

    Recently, we had a student who brought an unloaded weapon to campus to show schoolmates. At no point was anyone threatened or harmed.

    Read the note sent to parents.

    Alonso Vivas, whose daughter goes to preschool at Feaster, said he is furious the school didn't inform parents sooner.

    "It's almost a week, and I'm barely finding out right now?  It makes no sense," Vivas said. "It doesn't seem like they're taking this seriously."

    "I have an obligation as a parent. I have to take this seriously, which means I have to transfer my daughter," he said.

    Thursday night, Feaster Charter School Principal Francisco J. Velasco released a statement to NBC 7. He said the school informed parents as soon as it could:

    Due to the delicacy of the situation, and in order to provide the most accurate, yet legally permissible information we worked with District Personnel and CVPD to draft a letter in the most efficient time possible. Information was provided to staff and parents within three days of being notified of the incident.

    Parents can get more information at a meeting scheduled for 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 13 in the school's cafeteria.

    This was the second time in a week that a student brought a gun to school. On Jan. 29, a police officer stopped a 15-year-old Serra High School student with an unloaded handgun in his backpack. The teen told the officer he was planning to confront a bully.

    Although the student didn't make it to Serra High with the gun, he stopped at De Portola Middle School on the way to campus.

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