5th-Grader Expelled After Guns Found

A Bonner County fifth-grader has been expelled for 18 months after he brought two knifes, a pellet gun and .22 caliber pistol with ammunition to school in his backpack.

During a closed-door session last week with the 10-year-old, his parents and his attorney, the school board voted for the year-and-a-half expulsion.

The boy, who was a student at Stidwell Elementary, was caught with the weapons last month and immediately suspended. Authorities said the boy brought the weapons to impress his friends. He took them from his home without his parents’ knowledge.

This was the first time authorities confiscated a gun from a Bonner County elementary student.

In November, a 13-year-old Sandpoint Middle School student was expelled for 18 months after bringing two pistols to school.

The school district has a zero tolerance drug and weapon policy with a mandatory one-year expulsion suspension for violators. The board extended the expulsions six months in both cases so the students would not enter school in the middle of the year.

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