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Suspended elementary student claims he only 'looked' at gun

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(WMC-TV) – The family of an elementary school student suspended for reportedly passing a loaded gun around school says the 7-year-old never touched the gun.

Ethan Scott's aunt said he never touched a loaded gun brought to Ross Elementary last month by another student.

"Anybody who has little children know that kids are very curious," said Young.  "When you tell them to look at something, that's the first thing they're going to do."

Scott was one of a number of students suspended for allegedly passing the gun around for two days before school officials found out about it.  He and his aunt claim Scott only looked at the gun.

"The little boy turned around, unzipped his book-bag, and my nephew looked in the book-bag and saw the gun," said Young.  "The little boy zipped the book-bag back up, turned around, and that was it."

We asked Scott what the boy asked him.

"Do you want to see the gun?" he said.

Scott's official suspension went from 55 to 180 days.  Young, who is his legal guardian, wants it reversed.

"All they keep telling me is we got to keep reviewing the case, we got to keep reviewing the case," said Young.  "School starts back Monday."

She said Scott has a difficult time expressing himself and believes the district "jumped the gun" before getting the whole story.

"Because I guess with all the stuff that's been going on with guns in schools," said Young.  "I understand, trust me. But not this one, this is a child."

Memphis City Schools did not give us a straight answer when asked if it was policy to suspend a student for simply looking at a gun.  A spokesperson said the district is prohibited from discussing details of a particular student.

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