Authorities were trying to determine Friday how an 8-year-old boy obtained a loaded handgun
that was found in his backpack by school police after he made threats toward a classmate. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said the boy was overheard making a threat to another student and walked over to his locker. A staff member followed him and saw the boy take out his backpack, at which point the employee observed the loaded gun, the source said.
The boy denied knowledge of the weapon, according to two sources.
He was arrested that day and placed on community detention with the Department of Juvenile Services, according to school officials and three sources with knowledge of the case. At a juvenile court hearing Friday, a judge ordered that he remain on community detention, the sources said.