As a noontime aide at John Reynolds Elementary School in North Philadelphia, Carol Porter is used to quieting rowdy kids or breaking up horseplay. But when a 7-year-old student told her he had a gun in his backpack, it was a first.
"I felt bad about it," said Porter, a short, gray-haired woman who has three grandchildren who attend the school. "I was happy that the child came to let me know."
Police came to the school and recovered the loaded .357 Magnum.
"Anything could've happened. The child could have just pulled it out in a playful situation, but it was a serious situation," she said.