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Five-Year-Old Held After Gun Fired Inside School
A five-year-old boy is in police custody in the US after accidentally firing a gun in his school cafeteria.
The child was carrying the weapon in his backpack when it went off at Westside Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee.
The school said no one was injured in the incident and the boy was taken into custody by officers from Memphis Police Department.
It is not yet known where the child got the gun from.
Parents outside the 400-pupil school told of their shock and said metal detectors should be used to stop children bringing weapons into the building.
"I want to get my baby out of here and get her home - that's what's going through my head now," one mother told WHBQ-TV.
"I think metal detectors should be in use at this school even though they are babies.
"You send your children to learn - it should be a safe environment."
A spokesman for the Shelby County Board of Education said: "This morning at Westside Elementary School, a Kindergarten student brought a firearm to school in his backpack.
"While waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria, the firearm discharged accidentally inside the child's backpack.
"Nobody was injured, and staff immediately took possession of the backpack.
"There is no evidence at this time of harmful intent; however, weapons of any kind are prohibited on campuses, and this student will be disciplined in accordance with the state's zero tolerance policy.
"The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.
"Staff are trained to handle emergency situations, and all students were kept safe and calm while this matter was handled."