Three students are in custody after a handgun went off inside a Robert Stuart Middle School classroom Friday afternoon, but no one was injured and Twin Falls police are calling the incident an “accidental discharge,” the Times-News reports.
A 14-year-old boy had two guns inside his bag, said Joshua Palmer, spokesman for the Twin Falls Police Department. One gun was reported stolen and the other had an altered serial number.
After questioning the 14-year-old and others, two more students were arrested, Palmer said. All three face juvenile charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, altering the serial number on a firearm, possessing a firearm on school property and unlawful discharge of a firearm. An adult may also be charged, police said.
Palmer said the student was either setting the bag down or reaching into the bag when it fired. The gun was not pointed at anyone and the student was not "displaying" it, Palmer said.
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“The student was in an advisory class when the gun fired into a table leg at approximately 12:45 p.m.,” Twin Falls School District spokeswoman Eva Craner said in a statement. “The teacher in the classroom immediately called the principal and school resource officer who reported to the classroom within seconds of the incident. The student immediately turned the gun over to the principal, and other law enforcement officials reported to the building.”
The school immediately called the parents of students who were in the class when the gun fired, Craner said. Other parents were notified about 2 p.m. by an automated phone.
The area of the school where the gun was fired was evacuated, but police directed the school not to lock down, Craner said.
“(Police) determined that the situation had been contained and there was no continuing threat to students,” she said.
Many of the school’s 1,000 students were off campus Friday participating in a community clean-up project.