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5-year-old student finds unloaded handgun on Leopold Elementary School grounds, police say

5-year-old student finds unloaded handgun on Leopold Elementary School grounds, police say

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A 5-year-old student found an unloaded handgun on the Leopold Elementary School grounds Tuesday, Madison police said.

The student found the gun in the grass at the school at 2602 Post Road about 5:45 p.m., according to Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

A school employee who was in the area for a meeting immediately took control of the gun. An investigation into who tossed or left it on school property is underway, DeSpain said.

In an email to families, Principal Peg Keeler called the discovery “deeply unsettling.”

She said the firearm was found near a door leading to the staff parking lot and police were immediately involved. No other weapons were found when police and district security searched the school grounds, Keeler said.

“Madison police will also be increasing patrols around our school and adjacent park,” Keeler said. “We are continuing to review video surveillance as the police investigation continues.”

She also suggested parents read the district’s guidelines on teaching young children to recognize that something is unsafe, refuse to touch it and report it to an adult.

“Please know that your children’s safety is everything to us,” Keeler said.

In March 2018, a parent and child walking to Leopold found a loaded handgun near school grounds. The gun in that case had been reported stolen, was confiscated and no one was injured.

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