The Ocean Springs School District is answering questions parents have after a loaded gun was found inside a child's backpack at Oak Park Elementary School Tuesday.
Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman sent a letter to parents Wednesday, addressing their concerns and detailing the incident and the school's response to it.
In the letter, Dr. Coleman emphasized that the backpack was not on the campus of Oak Park Elementary on Monday.
Officials say the guardian of the 5-year-old girl involved admitted that she stuck the loaded handgun in the child's backpack over the weekend and forgot it was in there. The child's backpack was left at home on Monday. The child's guardian told authorities the backpack was dropped off at the school Tuesday morning, which is when a teacher found the weapon while doing a routine search.
Authorities are reportedly in agreement that the child had no knowledge of the gun in the backpack.
The case will be turned over to the district attorney to be presented to a grand jury. The Ocean Springs Police Department has submitted paperwork for the incident to Child Protective Services.
Read the full statement from the Ocean Springs School District below: