Parents want stricter school rules after gun incident

Posted at: 09/05/2013 11:11 AM
Updated at: 09/06/2013 9:09 AM
By: Kim Tobin and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

"I cried and I prayed."

Adrienne Zamora is a parent of a Helen Cordero Elementary School student in southwest Albuquerque. On Wednesday, parents learned a first grader brought a loaded gun into the school.

"It's horrible what parents allow their kids to get ahold of," Zamora said.

A letter from the school's principal explained the situation, saying the student told his teacher and a friend about the gun in his backpack. When the teacher looked inside, she found a loaded Glock.

School officials told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they don't believe the boy ever took the gun out of his backpack and said no children were threatened or hurt during the incident.

But many parents are still on edge.

"It just freaks me out," Delia Rael said. "Me being a parent, I always check their backpack every day, every morning. Maybe teachers can check backpacks every morning... Just some kind of safety rules." 

The student was suspended and faces expulsion from the school, but school officials told KOB no final decision will be made for days or even weeks.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 did speak to Albuquerque Public Schools after the incident. An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that the district would not speak to KOB.

Representative Monica Armenta told KOB the district has forwarded the case to the district attorney's office.

Today, counseling is available for any student who wants to talk at the school.