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NEW DETAILS: Boy's Uncle Arrested In Connection to Gun At School Incident

Angela Monroe

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NEW DETAILS: Boy's Uncle Arrested In Connection to Gun At School Incident

CREATED Jun. 22, 2012

CATHEDRAL CITY - A man is arrested after his 8-year-old nephew brought an unloaded gun to a Cathedral City elementary school. The boy showed the gun to some friends at Agua Caliente Elementary School Thursday until a teacher was alerted.

On Friday, KMIR6 talked with parents outside the school. One mother says her second grade daughter goes to school with the boy who brought the gun to class. She told KMIR6 that her daughter was a little bit afraid to come to school after Thursday's incident.

School officials say they are talking to parents, and counseling a few of the children.

On Thursday, school officials sent home a letter with children telling parents a second grade student had an unloaded gun in his backpack.

A Palm Springs Unified School District security officials tells KMIR6 that guns and bullets and kids is a recipe for disaster. Offices say parents need to help to lock up the guns, make sure they're not available to the kids, and lock up the ammunition.

Police arrested the boy's uncle, 24-year-old Ricardo Olivera, for child endangerment. Police say Olivera faces other charges as well for another gun they found in the home with the serial numbers removed.

School officials were pleading with adults to make sure to lock up weapons, saying if a child hurts himself or somebody else with those weapons, whoever the owner of those weapons are, charges will be filed against them.

For parents worried about their kids safety, security says there is no need to worry, school is generally a safe place.

School officials say the 8-year-old boy was not being threatening with the gun, he was only using it like a show and tell item.

The school district will handle any disciplinary action necessary for the student.

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