Three people now face felonies after a child brought a stolen gun to a Van Buren school, and the parents attempted to cover it all up.
According to Van Buren Police, a ten year-old student brought a gun and ammunition into Central Elementary on Monday, causing the school and parents to react.
A police report states the child showed other students the gun, but no-one reported it to the school or police right away.
“Later that night, one of the students told his parents what had happened,’ Detective Jonathan Wear from the Van Buren Police Department said. “So the parents notified the school who notified us where we started to further investigate.”
Van Buren Police says when authorities approached the parents of the child, they made up a story to cover it all up.
“The parents concocted a story that it wasn’t a hand gun,” Detective Wear said. “It was an airsoft gun. They actually went out and bought an air soft gun, so when our officers asked they said oh no, it was just an air soft gun.”
Eventually the couple admitted they knew their child had a gun and showed officers where it was hidden in the backyard, according to VBPD.
That’s why 32 year old, Ruben Granados, and 29 year old, Melissa Granados, are charged with theft by receiving and tampering with physical evidence.
The 10 year old is also charged with possessing a handgun on school property and theft by receiving.
“Had they just cooperated with the investigation and said yeah we found out and here’s the gun, there would be no issue with the parents,” Detective Wear said.
One Van Buren mother has children who attend Central Elementary.
She says she was shocked when she heard the news.
“I had no idea the gun had ever been on the premises,” Mother of children who attend Central Elementary said.
Van Buren School District released a statement saying, “The district takes the issue very seriously as the safety of its students and staff is the number one priority.”
The Van Buren Police Department says they’re working with students and faculty on how to address this possibly deadly incident in the future.
“That could’ve turned into a much worse situation had something happened later in the day and someone got ahold of the gun,” Detective Wear said.
Since the gun was stolen, the investigation is still ongoing.
Both the parents and the juvenile are being charged with felonies.