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Gun and ammunition found in second grader’s desk at Sacramento school

On the same day a gunman in Texas killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers, a second-grader in Sacramento brought a gun and loaded magazine to school, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.

Other students told staff at Edward Kemble Elementary about the weapon on Tuesday.  Staff “found the gun and ‘an accessible loaded magazine’ in the desk of the pupil,” according to the district’s statement, the newspaper reported.

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“We are grateful that this incident did not result in a tragedy such as those that districts have experienced, including today’s tragic and senseless mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas,” read a late-night email to families from Sacramento City Unified obtained by the Bee. “This is due in large part to the bravery and awareness of the students who came forward and alerted staff at Kemble today.”

Further details were not immediately available, the Bee reported, as a police investigation continues into how the child obtained the weapon.

Several weapons have been found on and near Sacramento-area campuses in recent months, the Bee reported. A Luther Burbank High student was arrested for bringing a loaded Glock 9mm handgun to school in January.