Father not charged after teen brings gun to school

Hamden Middle School

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Police said a 42-year-old Hamden father came down to Hamden police Friday afternoon reporting his firearm was stolen by his 13-year-old daughter.

Police said she brought it to school.

“It’s definitely concerning, you know my daughter’s heading into middle school next year and it’s changed,” said Cathy Witteman.

LINK: 13-year old girl brings gun to Hamden Middle School; two teens arrested

Police said the father believed he was doing everything right, even locking his gun in his glove compartment box, but somehow his daughter found the key.

“Sometime early Friday morning before she reported to school went to the vehicle, opened the glove box, and stole the gun,” said Hamden police’s Capt. Ron Smith.

Police said she carried it to school. Then, she met her friend, a 13-year-old boy, at the Church Street School Playground.

LINK: Parents react after Hamden gun arrests

Smith said, “we did a search of his home and located a loaded 9mm Ruger in a backpack.”

Police said they don’t know the teen’s intentions with the firearm. No one was hurt; both teens have been charged, but not the gun owner.

“It’s because it was in a locked container that sufficed the state law,” said Smith.

Police advise if you do have a firearm, keep it locked and don’t let your children know where you keep it. Also, don’t let them know where you keep the key. They’re also asking parents to talk to their children about telling an adult immediately if they hear any rumors of a gun at school.

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