LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Students at Underwood Elementary School found an unloaded gun inside a canvas bag along the fence during recess Thursday morning around 11 a.m. The students were using the bag as home plate while they were playing.
The principal evacuated the playground immediately and informed the superintendent and deputies while student resource officers searched the area.
According to the SRO, an older .22 revolver was inside the bag. There were no bullets in the gun or the bag. Authorities said no students were ever in danger.
They said the gun and bag didn't appear to have anything to do with the school. Principal Kevin Moore sent the following letter to parents about the incident:
I would like to inform you of an incident today at school. I was notified that a gun had been found on EXTERIOR school property. I notified Mrs. Gray our superintendent. She immediately sent school resources officers to our campus The officers collected the gun and searched the playground area. Although the investigation is ongoing, there was nothing to suggest our school was or is in any immediate danger. I would like to thank Mrs. Gray, our resource officers, faculty/staff, and students for their assistance in this matter. Thank you for continued support of Underwood School.
Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said the gun is connected to a bank robbery at Listerhill Credit Union that happened in 2011. They are handling the investigation.