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Parents Worried After Student Brings Weapon to School

Parents said the weapon was a loaded gun, although the district stopped short of identifying the type of weapon in its statement.

A student was removed from a Tarzana elementary school this week after he was caught trying to hide a weapon in a gutter, school district officials said.

Parents said the weapon was a loaded gun, although the district stopped short of identifying the type of weapon in its statement.

Another parent took to Facebook and also said the weapon was a loaded gun.

"A student brought a weapon to Nestle Elementary earlier this week," the statement said, referring to Nestle Avenue Elementary School. "A school employee witnessed the student attempting to hide it in a gutter, and detained the student until law enforcement arrived."

"No weapon was ever pointed at a child or adult. No one was injured. The school routine was not interrupted," it said.

The student, said by parents to be a fourth grader, has been removed from school and is being considered for expulsion.

LAUSD declined further comment, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Parents were sent a voice message from the school’s principal, Cheryl Gray-Sortino, on Wednesday after the incident.

"A weapon was found on campus today and school police are currently conducting an investigation," she said. "The safety of our students is always our top priority. No one was injured. Students and staff are safe on campus. There was no impact on regular routines at school. I want to assure that your child is safe and that we remain vigilant in providing a secure learning environment."

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