A 6-year-old child brings a gun to school to “shoot zombies”: SC police officers


The boy’s grandfather was arrested and charged, police said. (Photo by AP / Matt Rourke)


On Feb. 18, a 6-year-old boy brought a loaded pistol to a South Carolina school because he wanted to “Shoot the Zombies” police said.

Lawrence elementary school teacher noticed a small gun in the student seat around 7:50 a.m. and told a resource officer, officials said. The incident went off without injury and without closing the school, said Lt. Scott Franklin of the Lawrence Police Department.

The boy got the gun from his grandfather’s house, Franklin said at a news conference. The grandfather, Kalim Abdul Alawajid, was later arrested and charged with misconduct in relation to the child, police said.

According to staff, there was no direct threat to students and police. Instead, according to Detective J. C. Bruington, the boy said he “wanted to shoot zombies at school.”

“It shows you the child’s thinking,” Bruington said.

Despite the fact that the justification for the “zombie shooting” caused a little laughter in the room, the police credited the school for its prompt action.

Supervisor Ameka Thomas urged parents to check their children’s backpacks before they go to school and engage in firearms safety talks.

“It’s important for parents to have an open dialogue with their children about these things, and even at age six you might think it’s too little, but still you never know,” Franklin said.

Alison Cutler is a national real-time reporter for the southeastern McClachie region. She graduated from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Arizona, and previously worked at The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia, a branch of USAToday.

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