Expulsion Hearing Held For Primary Student

A primary student who brought a gun to a Lufkin school campus is back in the classroom, but administrators are not saying where.

The district suspended the five-year-old boy last week after the principal at Garrett Primary found a gun in his backpack. The .22-caliber pistol was not loaded, but school leaders met with the kindergartner's parents to talk about possibly taking further disciplinary action against him.

Deputy Superintendent Roy Knight said, "We did hold an expulsion hearing - per law - [Monday] with the parents and, from that meeting, we had made the appropriate determination for educational placement for that child."

Until recently, the law required an automatic expulsion for anyone caught with a gun on a school campus. The new law lets school officials decide on the punishment for each student.