Loaded gun seized from 6-year-old kindergartner walking into Ohio school

Columbus, Ohio, police say this handgun was confiscated from a kindergartner who was walking into school. (Photo from Columbus Division of Police)

Police say a loaded gun was confiscated from a 6-year-old kindergartner who was walking into school.

According to Columbus police, someone spotted the boy walking in the entry door of Columbus Africentric Early College on Friday with what appeared to be a heavy object in his pants. Police say the handgun was quickly recovered from the student.

A photo shared by police showed bullets with the seized firearm.

The Columbus Police Department’s Gun Crimes Unit is investigating. Police say the child will not be charged due to his age.

WBNS-TV reports a principal said in a letter to parents that the student "will face appropriate discipline" but didn't specify what that would be. Principal Tyree Pollard reiterated the Columbus schools' zero-tolerance policy on weapons and urged families to talk with children about keeping such items out of schools.

Police are reminding anyone who has guns in their home to make sure they are secure for their own safety and the safety of others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. FOX 26 reported this story from Houston.