(KTVE) Principal Marquette Marshall says he was not expecting a Monday morning like this.
"I always stand on duty in the front when I'm here and at 7:50 in the morning, to confiscate a weapon is always a surprise anytime," he said.
Police say an eight-year old male student at Madison James Foster Elementary School in Monroe, Louisiana was found with a loaded handgun in his book bag just after 8 a.m.
Police say another student tipped off a teacher.
"An alert staff member saw something strange about his backpack," said Marshall. "And immediately confiscated it and brought it to me."
What they confiscated was a .22 caliber pistol in the child's backpack.
"We followed Monroe City Schools protocol, contacted police department and the young man's parents, and everything was safe from that point," said Marshall.
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