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Parents charged after boy has gun at school

The parents of a 7-year-old face charges after their son carried a gun to an elementary school, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office says.

Sheriff Chris Bowman says teachers at Sugar Loaf Elementary School, on N.C. 16 north of Taylorsville, were alerted at lunchtime Thursday, apparently by students, that a youth was carrying the gun.

Staff members at the school found and seized the gun and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner, says investigators report the gun was fully loaded, but no ammunition was in the chamber.

Deputies searched the school to make sure there were no additional weapons on the campus.

Bowman said Kimberly Setzer, 41, and Timothy Christopher Mounts, 36, were charged in the case. Each faces one count of failure to store a firearm to protect a minor.

The 7-year-old faces disciplinary action from the school system, the Sheriff’s Office says.

Bowman credited Sugar Loaf Elementary staff for acting quickly. Their actions, the sheriff said, “kept the students and staff safe.”

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107
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