Two young brothers, their parents and a school bus driver were charged Thursday after the boys took two handguns, one of them loaded, to a Knox County elementary school, police and school officials said.
No one was hurt, and the weapons were secured after other students alerted school staff members when a bus carrying the children reached Dewitt Elementary School about 7:20 a.m., Knox County Public Schools spokesman Frank Shelton said. The school is in the Flat Lick area.
The students, ages 6 and 7, took the guns to school in their backpacks to show to their classmates and had no intent to cause harm, administrators said. One gun was loaded, according to Kentucky State Police. The guns came from home.
"At no time do we feel that students were in danger," Knox schools Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles told parents in a letter Thursday.
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Nevertheless, the boys were charged with possession of a firearm on school property, police said. Their parents, John W. Jackson Jr., 50, and Melissa Jackson, 44, both of Flat Lick, were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. The brothers were placed with grandparents, police said.
Additionally, a bus driver, Charles R. Honce III of Flat Lick, was charged with facilitation to unlawfully possess a weapon on school property because he "was made aware by a student on the bus that a child had a handgun while on their way to school. However, Mr. Honce failed to alert any school staff or stop and check for any weapons," state police said. Honce was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Sprinkles also told parents the students will be subject to school board policies governing guns on school grounds.
"Please discuss this incident with your child and emphasize that it is against the law to bring weapons of any type to school," the superintendent's letter said.