Kindergartner aims toy gun at principal

Posted at 9:19 AM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 16:42:56-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – An Escondido kindergartner reportedly brought a toy gun to class Thursday and pointed it at his school's principal.

Escondido Union School District Superintendent Luis Rankins-Ibarra said the 5-year-old boy apparently placed the gun -- believed to be an airsoft gun or a BB gun -- in his backpack and brought it to Oak Hill Elementary.

At some point during class, the boy took the gun out of his bag and displayed it in front of other students. Rankins-Ibarra said the teacher removed other students from the classroom, while the principal -- who happened to be in the room -- remained inside.

Rankins-Ibarra said the boy pointed the gun at the principal inside the classroom. It remains unclear if the gun was pointed at the principal in a threatening manner.

10News learned the principal was able to take the gun from the student.

Investigators are looking into whether the boy threatened any of his classmates with the weapon.

The child is at home with his mother, 10News learned. There is no immediate word on possible punishment.

While the district is deciding how to proceed, they contacted all parents of the boy's classmates and sent home letters.

An Escondido police officer was at the school Friday consulting with administrators about the incident.O