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Firearm found in South Bay student's backpack leads to secure campus

Posted at 4:03 PM, May 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-23 18:37:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A South Bay elementary school went on secure campus Monday after a firearm was found in the backpack of a primary student, the Chula Vista Elementary School District said.

According to the district, San Diego Police were notified and arrived immediately at Finney Elementary School, with the school quickly being placed on secure campus.

"The firearm was reportedly put in a backpack of the student by an adult at home by mistake," the district added. After police no longer deemed the incident a threat, the secure campus was lifted.

"The safety of our students and staff is a top priority at Chula Vista Elementary School District," the district said.

Parents told ABC 10News they didn't find out about the incident until hours later. Several said they were upset about the situation saying that had they known, they would have picked up their kids earlier in the day.

Those that live near the school describe seeing multiple police cars, a man in handcuffs, and social workers on the scene investigating.

The San Diego Police Department told 10News an investigation into the incident led to the arrest of the father, identified as Nathan Hindman, 42, for child endangerment, criminal storage of a firearm, and for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. The department added that the investigation is ongoing.