Student shot in the hand at Blossomwood Elementary School

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville police said a student was shot in the hand at Blossomwood Elementary School Monday morning, after they said they brought a weapon to school.

Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray said the student who brought the gun did not intend to hurt anyone and brought the gun to show to classmates.

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Christie Finley said in a letter to parents that the student pulled the gun out of a book bag in a bathroom near the school gymnasium to show another student when the gun went off and hit a student in the hand. Police said the student who brought the gun was the one who was injured.

A physical education teacher responded and made sure the student received first aid, according to Finley. Police removed the gun from the school, she said.

"We never put the campus on lockdown because this was an accident," said Finley.  Once the accident occurred, no other students were in danger.  The school was safe, and class continued for our students. I believe routine is important for our students.  So, tomorrow morning, we are going to have a normal school day.  We want you to bring your students to class, and for our teachers to move forward with their lessons.  That is not to say that there won’t be some changes moving forward."

The student was taken to a hospital for treatment.

McMurray said the shooting was being investigated as an accidental injury.

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He also urged parents to lock up their weapons at home.

"If you have weapons at home, be sure and lock them down," he said. "Know where that weapon is. They have locks you can put on those weapons in your home. You have places you can lock them down to keep these elementary school children away from them."

Extra security would be in place at the school Tuesday, Finley said, and the students involved in the incident would not be on campus while police are investigating.

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Finley's message to parents also stated she plans to work with the school board to implement a district-wide clear bag policy, similar to the policy recently enacted for Huntsville City Schools athletic events.

"This will make it harder for students to bring prohibited items on our campus," Finley said. "I also plan to start a task force that will focus on the development of strategies to hold parents accountable for gun safety, and I anticipate the full support of our city leaders. "

An informational meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Blossomwood cafeteria to discuss the changes and other initiatives, Finley said.

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