MEMPHIS — Two adults have been charged with reckless endangerment after a gun discharged in a 5-year-old boy’s backpack in a school cafeteria last month, authorities said Monday.
Tencil Jones, 28, and Marvin Millbrook, 27, were indicted Thursday, according to the Shelby County district attorney’s office.
Investigators say the boy took the gun to Westside Elementary School on Aug. 22. It went off as students and teachers waited for the morning bell in the cafeteria. No one was hurt, and school personnel took control of the backpack.
Millbrook had brought the handgun into Jones’ home, but they failed to properly secure it, investigators said. Jones’ 8-year-old daughter found the handgun first, but it was taken away from her.
The boy later found the gun in a closet and put it in his backpack, investigators said.
Court records do not show if Jones or Millbrook have lawyers. If convicted, they each face up to six years in prison.
The shooting was the first major security situation since the merger of Memphis City Schools and the Shelby County school district went into effect this summer. The merger created Shelby County Schools, a massive school system with about 150,000 students.
The school district is now using metal-detecting wands in elementary schools and metal detectors at middle and high schools.
Officials also found a gun in a backpack after two 16-year-old male students got into a fight at Wooddale High School last Thursday. One student was charged with possession of a weapon on school property.