FONTANA ( – A student attempted to bring an unloaded gun to a Fontana elementary school Wednesday morning, officials reported.

According a letter sent out by the Solorio Elementary School Principal Dr. Carol Bidwell-Pilgren, the gun was discovered on a 10-year-old special needs student by a bus driver on the way to school. The driver safely confiscated the gun.

There were six other special needs students aboard the bus at the time. The boy has been suspended, the school confirmed.

On Thursday evening, Fontana police told CBS2 that the student did not know that the gun was real. Investigators do not believe he intended to cause harm. Police were also investigating how he obtained the weapon and whether his parents will face any charges.

The school was conducting a review process to determine if there will be any further disciplinary action.

The driver who discovered the gun is a contractor through Rancho Cucamonga-based Visser Bus Services, the school said. The driver was not identified.

The Etiwanda School District told CBS2 it gives training to all its staff regarding how to deal with such situations. It encourages students to speak up if they see someone with a weapon.

Pilgren said the district has provided counselors to the other students who were aboard the bus and has reached out to their families to discuss what happened.


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