Gun found in 6-year-old's backpack at West Palm Beach charter school

Detectives investigate how gun wound up in backpack at Somerset Academy Lakes


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A gun was found in a 6-year-old student's backpack Thursday morning at a West Palm Beach charter school, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

The gun was found shortly before 9 a.m. at Somerset Academy Lakes on Summit Boulevard.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said detectives are investigating how the gun got into the student's backpack.


The Palm Beach Post reported that a teacher found the gun in a kindergarten student's backpack, but the student didn't know it was there.

Authorities confirmed that the boy entered his classroom, tossed his backpack down and the loaded gun fell out. 

The teacher immediately rushed the students out of the classroom and notified school officials, Barbera said. 

The principal notified the Sheriff's Office to investigate further.


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