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Vista Elementary 4th Grader Brings Airsoft Gun to School

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Several Kennewick parents were upset when they heard a 4th grader at Vista Elementary brought an airsoft gun to school January 28th. Several Kennewick parents were upset when they heard a 4th grader at Vista Elementary brought an airsoft gun to school January 28th.

KENNEWICK, WA - Several Kennewick parents were upset when they heard a 4th grader at Vista Elementary brought an airsoft gun to school January 28th.

Vista Elementary parents got a letter last week sent home with their children that explained a student brought the airsoft gun to school to threaten another student.

Some parents were upset the school didn't go into lockdown to protect their kids from a possible gun threat.

NBC Right Now contacted Kennewick School District, but they would not speak on camera.

"There was a gun at that school and I don't care what kind of gun it is, that could've seriously hurt a child or killed one. And I don't want it to be mine," said Holly Stutzman, mother of three Vista Elementary students.

There's no place for guns at school and when a 4th grade boy at Vista Elementary brought an airsoft gun with him on January 28th, students and parents took it very seriously.

Stutzman and Sarah Coyle both send their kids to Vista and say they were upset when their children brought home a letter from school.

"And then I read it and my heart just kind of sank. You never think that that's going to happen at your school, especially an elementary school," said Coyle, mother of two Vista Elementary students. 

The school district letter said staff members followed safety protocols and expelled the boy.

Stutzman says her son saw the gun at recess and reported it to the principal, but her son said the principal told him it was being handled.

Stutzman and Coyle don't think it was handled well.

"In an elementary school you need to know they're bringing it, they're saying they're going to do something, you need to act on it now," Stuntman said.

"Lockdown should've been their first priority. Whether it was a room to room search or an individual child search, they needed to be locked down so it was contained and there wasn't the risk of anyone being seriously injured," Coyle said.

These mothers say they would rather be safe than sorry and know their children are protected.

"She cried and she had nightmares the next day. They're kids, they should be able to be kids and not have to worry about someone bring a gun to their school," Coyle said.

Stutzman and Coyle say their children have lockdown drills at school and they think this is a perfect example of when a school should use that precaution.

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