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Boys bring handgun to school dance

Two fourth-graders brought a gun to a dance Friday night at Meyers Elementary School. Investigators said the revolver wasn’t loaded, but they still don’t have a motive for the boys’ behavior.

Sgt. Randy Peshon of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said the boys, both 9 years old, stole the gun from one of their parents’ homes. The boys placed the Smith and Wesson .357-caliber revolver in a backpack and brought it to the fourth- and fifth-grade dance.

The boys displayed the gun during the dance to several other students, while never removing it from the backpack. Peshon said the boys didn’t possess any ammunition for the gun, which was locked and stored separately from the weapon.

Peshon would not reveal who told investigators about the gun’s presence. He added that none of the adult supervisors saw the weapon at the dance. Detectives found the revolver Saturday night at one of the boys’ homes.

It is a felony to bring a gun on school property.

Peshon said charges against the boys are pending. The school and sheriff’s department is holding a joint public meeting Wednesday to answer questions and concerns. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Meyers Elementary School.

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