Many questions remain unanswered about how and why a 9-year-old student got his hands on a handgun and brought it onto a school bus in Lakewood on Tuesday.
But the father of a second student seen on a video handling the gun says his son actually tried to play hero after the other boy made a threat to use the weapon.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I’m sorry, you know. I got scared when the kid told me he was going to shoot the kid, that’s why I took all the bullets out — I was not playing with the gun,” the father of the boy, 10, told NBC.
The 9-year-old brought the loaded .22-caliber handgun in his book bag and headed to Oak Street School Tuesday morning, according to police. During the bus ride, the 9-year-old transferred the gun to the backpack of the 10-year-old fifth grader, who can be seen apparently removing the bullets on surveillance footage obtained by CBS New York.
A third student reportedly alerted school security about the gun and the students were both apprehended according to the district. The two face criminal charges.
On Friday, Lakewood Police released no additional details.