Father charged, after son takes gun to school

The father of the child who took a handgun to his kindergarten class at the Manumalo Baptist pre-school has been charged by the Police. 

Contrary to earlier reports from school authorities, the child in question was four, not three years old. 

The incident occurred on 29 May 2020 this year, according to a Police charge sheet.

Junior Mosese, of Lauli’i and Fusi Safata, was charged with possession of an unlawful firearm.

As reported earlier, the kindergarten teacher was shocked when she noticed the student was pointing what she realised was a handgun in her direction. The gun was not loaded, but it was understood to be in working condition. 

On Friday, the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, said the firearm is now in the possession of Police, who confiscated the weapon after the incident occurred earlier this year. 

The Manumalo Principal, Tasi Fata, told the Samoa Observer that one of her students had brought a handgun to the school but she declined to comment further on the incident.

“Of course he [the student] did bring a gun to school and the Police have already investigated the matter,” Principal Fata said. 

But the Principal’s husband, who also works at the school, Reverend Pili Fata told the Samoa Observer that a boy in the school's K-3 class had pointed the handgun at his teacher who initially did not believe it to be a real weapon. 

The teacher initially told the boy to put away what she had presumed to be a toy. 

But when the child took aim a second time, the teacher intervened and it was discovered the weapon was real, Rev. Fata said. 


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