Child shot at Newton Elementary

Police Chief Randy Patrick said it was an accidental discharge.
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 3:32 PM CDT
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NEWTON, Miss. (WTOK) - A child was shot a Newton Elementary Thursday afternoon. Newton Police Chief Randy Patrick confirmed to Newscenter 11 about 4:30 p.m. that it was an accidental discharge from another student’s backpack.

Newton County Sheriff Joedy Pennington said the child was airlifted to a trauma center in Jackson.

Newscenter 11 asked what will happen to the student who brought the gun to school. Chief Patrick said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case and any outcome will be tied to that agency’s findings.

Newton superintendent, Dr. Glenda Nickson, released a statement Thursday evening:
“An elementary school student brought a firearm on campus today. From accounts, the firearm was in the
student’s backpack and discharged, wounding another student. The wounded student was airlifted to
Jackson for further treatment. Per district policy, a lockdown was instituted at all school campuses. The
lockdown has since been lifted, and the children have been released home. Our thoughts and prayers go
out to the students and parents of Newton Elementary School as well as all NMSD students, their families,
faculty, and staff.”

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