A third-grader at Shoals Elementary School in Mink Shoals told his parents that a fellow classmate had a gun hidden in a backpack at the end of the school day on Monday, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
The parents notified school personnel who called the sheriff's office.
Repeated attempts to contact the student who allegedly produced the gun were made throughout the evening, night and early morning hours, Humphreys said.
On Tuesday morning, deputies spoke to both students and their parents. No weapons were located and no charges are expected to be filed at this time, Humphreys said.
In response to the incident, officers were at the school Tuesday morning and intended to stay throughout the day. While there is no evidence that a firearm was in the school, the incident is still under investigation by police and school officials.
"The Kanawha County Board of Education and Kanawha County Sheriff's Office take all threats and allegations of firearms at schools seriously," Humphreys said. "It is a felony in the state of West Virginia to possess a firearm on school property."
Anyone with information about this incident or any knowledge of firearms on school property in violation of the law is asked to call 304-357-0169.