LEBANON, Conn. (WTNH/AP) — Parents in Lebanon say they're upset because they weren't told a student brought a gun to the town's elementary school until two days after the incident.
On Tuesday afternoon parents say a kid pulled out a gun on the bus in front of other kindergarten students.
Parents say they got a letter in the mail Thursday from the school superintendent saying a student brought a gun aboard a bus and to Lebanon Elementary School on Tuesday, but no one was ever in danger because the gun was inoperable.
"It's very scary. I have a kindergartner in the class, I'm a little choked up right now,' said parent Barry Greene. "How can a kid that age get a gun?"
Greene as well as other parents received the notification letter from the Superintendent two days after the incident. It read in part "a student brought a weapon to school via the school bus. It was incapable of injuring anyone and at no time were students in danger."
"It just said something happened at the school," said Greene. "I don't even think it said at the school."
What the letter didn't say was which school was affected and that weapon was a gun. Greene didn't realize that until News 8 brought it to his attention.
"Yeah, I'm a little upset to hear that now," he said.
Since the gun was discovered on the bus ride home from school the child apparently had the gun all day long at school, which is also upsetting to parents.
"I would like to know more information right now," said parent Amy McKinley. "They're not really saying a lot."
News 8 went to the school department's central offices looking for answers. How could this have happened and why weren't parents notified sooner? The superintendent was not available.
"Now I'm hearing that it was a student in kindergarten, and my daughter's in kindergarten, and I'm just finding out more about this as it goes on today, and it's very disheartening," McKinley said. "I feel bad for the child."
She said the gun should have been locked up.
State police are investigating.