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Uncle: Student brought shotgun shell to Westside Elementary last year

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One man said it was not too long ago when his nephew brought a shotgun shell to the same school. One man said it was not too long ago when his nephew brought a shotgun shell to the same school.
"We thought it was a balloon. Everybody thought it was a balloon that popped," said fifth grader Brikera Gilkey. "We thought it was a balloon. Everybody thought it was a balloon that popped," said fifth grader Brikera Gilkey.

(WMC-TV) - A gun in a kindergarten student's backpack went off in the cafeteria at Westside Elementary School Thursday morning. One man said it was not too long ago when his nephew brought a shotgun shell to the same school.

"That's scary," said great uncle Robert Reese regarding the recent gun accident. "That's why we are trying to get close with [my nephew]. We're trying to bond with him now so he won't be into none of that."

Reese is horrified that a five-year-old brought a gun to school in his backpack. The gun went off in the cafeteria as the children waited for classes to begin.

"We thought it was a balloon. Everybody thought it was a balloon that popped," said fifth grader Brikera Gilkey.

Reese's nephew, who Action News 5 is keeping anonymous, is now in the second grade. Last year he was in trouble with school officials when he brought a shotgun shell to Westside.

Reese says he was mowing the lawn, and his nephew saw the bullet and picked it up so Reese would not run over it.

"He took the shell and put it in his pocket, and said I'm going to give it to my mother," said Reese.

But the child took the shell to school instead.

"He had it in his pocket and showed it to another kid and another kid told the teacher," said Reese.

Reese feels guilty he did not realize the dangers and just forgot about the shell.

"I should have taken the shell," he said.

Reese, who is helping raise his nephew, now understands the danger behind children getting a hold of guns or gun-related materials.

It is not clear where the gun came from. Police have not said if the parents of the 5-year-old will face charges.

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