A gun that was unknowingly brought to West Oakland’s Prescott elementary School in a first grader’s backpack on Tuesday was loaded, a school district spokesman said today. The student and a teacher both discovered the weapon, a 9 mm handgun, at about 8:45 a.m. when the student opened the backpack and began taking out its contents, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said. “The student did not know the gun was in the backpack,” Flint said. The gun had one bullet in its chamber, he said. Officials were still investigating today who put the weapon there, and Flint declined to discuss leads in the case. Principal Enomwoyi Booker sent parents a letter on Tuesday advising them of the incident. “We are not taking this matter lightly. … We recognize the presence of guns in the school is unacceptable,” the letter read. “We are working with Oakland School Police and Violence prevention” Specialists to provide counseling on the dangers of guns as well as anti-violence training,” the letter continued. Booker added, though, that the incident was an aberration and “not reflective of the culture we have developed at Prescott.” “This campus remains a safe and secure learning environment,” he wrote. He declined to comment further. Flint said there have been a handful of incidents in which guns were brought to elementary school campuses in the district in the last few years, but none at Prescott Elementary, which is located at 920 Campbell St.
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