Kindergartner finds gun on elementary playground in Ashland

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ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – A gun was found by a kindergarten student on the playground of an Ashland elementary school on Tuesday morning, police said.

Poage Elementary staff alerted the Ashland Police Department that a gun was spotted “buried in the playground surface” around 11:30 a.m.

The young boy spotted the firearm but did not touch it and promptly alerted a teacher, officials said. He told  his parents that he found the handgun while the family was having dinner Tuesday night, according to The Daily Independent.

Ashland Independent Schools Superintendent Sean Howard said in a phone message distributed to the parents of Ashland students that the children were never at risk. He said the Ashland Police Department responded quickly upon being alerted by Poage staff.

Howard told the newspaper that the child’s awareness that something was wrong was “pretty amazing. That child apparently had the knowledge to know it was out of place and didn’t belong there and immediately told a teacher,” he said.

Police have been investigating a shooting in the area of the school on Sunday night. The shooting victim, Eddie R. Smith, 38, was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital and was listed in stable condition after surgery.

No arrests have been made in that case.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (606) 385-3273 or email silentwitness@ashlandky.gov.

Police said in a Facebook post that officers and detectives were checking the area on foot and with electronic equipment to ensure no other dangers were on the property. They also commended the Poage staff for “ensuring an immediate response to the safety of the children first.”

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