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Mike Nowatzki, Published September 11 2007

Kindergartner brings live bullets to school

A 5-year-old boy who brought live ammunition to Hawley (Minn.) Elementary School on Monday will not face sanctions, Clay County Chief Deputy Jerome Thorsen said.

The student, who lives with his mother, brought .22 caliber bullets to school that he had found in his home, Thorsen said.

The boy’s teacher informed his parents, and the father called the sheriff’s office, according to the dispatch log.

A deputy spoke with the boy’s mother and was assured that she would be more careful about keeping the ammunition away from the boy, Thorsen said.

Children that young typically don’t face suspension or expulsion for such behavior because they don’t know any better, Thorsen said.

“It’s just going to be a learning episode for him,” he said.