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FATHER CHARGED: Child Brings Gun To School

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The father of a second grade student who brought a gun to a Johnston school Tuesday is facing charges in the case.

Johnston police say 31-old Louis Friestad is charged with child endangerment/neglect and making a weapon available to someone under the age of 21 who commits a serious misdemeanor.

Police say Friestad’s eight-year-old son brought a handgun to Lawson Elementary School Tuesday. School officials secured the gun and no one was threatened or injured.

Investigators say the boy got the gun at home. During their investigation other weapons at Friestad’s home were confiscated because they were not properly secured.

Johnston police say this case serves as a reminder that guns need to be properly stored and kept out of the hands of children. Gun safes and cable-style locks can be used as ways to store guns in a safe manner.

Police have also referred the case to the Department of Human Services.