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Handgun fired in Saskatoon fifth grade class

Police say gun was discharged accidentally, but continue to investigate
Reported by Ashley Wills
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A .45 calibre handgun was fired off at St. Peter's Catholic elementary school Thursday morning, according to Saskatoon police.

It happened in a fifth grade classroom. No one was hurt in the incident.

“A handgun apparently brought to school by an 11-year-old boy -- it was in his backpack," said police spokesperson Alyson Edwards.

"It was actually discharged.”

The pistol went off in the student's backpack, the stray bullet hitting a locker in the classroom.

Parents have been contacted by the school's principal - but the school will be open for the rest of the day. Reports have indicated that at least half the children are either home, on their way home, or waiting to be picked up by their parents. 

To read the school division's protocol, click HERE.

Parent finds police, school responses inadequate

Holly Sabo showed up at the school where her son attends, only to find his classroom empty.

"It would have been nice to have someone there to tell us where we can find our child," she said.

"It would have been nice to have a constable there to tell us what happened, to give us some reassurance."

Sabo eventually found her son in the school's computer lab, still startled form the morning's events.

"It was very loud. They all screamed; they were really scared," she said.

The Catholic School Board told News Talk Radio its 'tragic events response team' was at the school Thursday afternoon along with a councilor, and they will be back on Monday.

Sabo says she couldn't find a councilor for her son to talk to, and she is concerned about lingering psychological effects.

Police are currently investigating the situation, which continues to develop.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad and Jared Knoll.

Photo below: Kids play outside St. Peter's Catholic elementary school in Saskatoon, just hours after a handgun discharged in a 5th grade class, Jan. 26 2012. Jared Knoll/News Talk Radio.