STOCKTON (CBS13) – Worried parents rushed to a Stockton school Monday to make sure their kids were alright after a gun went off in a seventh grade classroom.
It happened at about 9 a.m. at Van Buren Elementary School, which is at 1628 E. 10th St, in a room filled with students.
Parents of students at the school say they don’t know what to think about what happened Monday, but they now feel scared of sending their kids to school.
“The first boy took a small .22-caliber handgun out of his backpack, handed it to the second boy,” Stockton Unified Police Chief Jim West said.
That’s when police and young witnesses say the gun fired.
“Pow! That’s it. That’s all I heard. Then we smelled something that smelled a little like a firecracker,” said Myliah Springs, who was inside the classroom when the gun fired.
Luckily the bullet ended up lodged in the classroom’s rubber flooring instead of ricocheting and possibly hitting one of the 22 students.
“I was scared and shocked,” Myliah said.
But students say they weren’t surprised when they found out who the alleged shooters were.
“I knew they were bad so I knew something was going to happen,” Deeavion Jordan said.
The two boys were arrested and placed in juvenile hall. Police believe the gun went off accidentally, but students say the gun being in class was no accident.
“This guy asked him ‘Do he want to buy a gun?’ Then he hands him the gun. Then the guy was playing with it and it went off inside class,” Myliah said.
Parents fear Stockton’s rising violence is now spilling into their schools.
“I’m going to make sure my sister pulls her out of school too and she’s home-schooled,” Patty Chincarini said. “I don’t want nothing happening to these kids. This is my life. If anything happens to these kids, I don’t know what I’d do.”
Parents are now calling for more precautions to make sure violence out on the streets doesn’t make it inside the classroom.
“I think they need to start checking backpacks,” parent Donna Jordan said. “Don’t let them use backpacks or something. It’s terrible!”
Chief West says the district plans to hold a meeting to talk about what happened and what should be done in the future.