BEULAVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Juvenile petitions will be filed against two children after a gun was brought to a Duplin County school by a child, who shared and brought it to their home.

Capt. Scott Kennedy with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office told WNCT’s Cheyenne Pagan the incident happened at Warsaw Elementary School on Monday. A woman from Charlotte said she accidentally dropped the gun out of her purse and reported it stolen. Her nephew found it and took it to school.

That child passed the gun off to another child, who took it home. That child’s mother found the gun in their home and confronted her son. He said he got the gun from the other child.

The mother then contacted Warsaw Elementary School officials.

Kennedy said charges would also be brought up against any other children who may have handled the gun.

Duplin County Schools shared the following statement regarding the incident:

“The Duplin County Board of Education is committed to providing a safe school environment for our children. There is zero tolerance for the possession of weapons on school property, and we are extremely thankful to our School Resource Officers, school administration, and staff for their swift action in this very unfortunate incident. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our school family and are actively collaborating with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Department to enhance staff training and current safety protocols.”

Duplin County Schools Superintendent Austin Obasohan