Two junior high school students are local heroes for being smarter about gun safety than at least one adult in Tillamook, Ore.
Seventh-grader Kolton McKinney was on a field trip Wednesday with his class to see “The Hobbit” in Tillamook, and when he pulled down his seat in the movie theater a gun fell to the floor.
“He sat down in his chair and I heard a ‘clunk’ and I looked down and there it was,” classmate Levi Crabtree told CNN affiliate KGW
A semi-automatic pistol rested on the floor right in front of the two boys. It was fully loaded with a round in the chamber, said Terry Wright, police chief of the small city of 5,000 near the Pacific Ocean.
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McKinney and Crabtree left the gun alone and immediately alerted an adult.
"I'm a Boy Scout and Kolton and me took a hunter safety class,” said Crabtree. “One of the rules is that you treat all guns as if they're loaded."
The students were shocked and confused about why someone would leave a gun in the theater.
“Who would do that? Seriously, there’s a bunch of people that go to that theater and they put a gun in there,” McKinney told the KGW reporter.
Police told station KPTV that a man went to the theater on Wednesday night asking if anyone had found his gun. He said he lost it there the night before.
The man, who had a Tillamook County concealed handgun license, never notified police that he had lost the weapon, KPTV reported. His weapons permit has since been taken away.
School Superintendent Randy Schild said she was proud of the boys for their good judgment.
"Our students reacted exactly like we would hope and that is they recognized that was a gun, recognized that they needed to stay away and contact a teacher immediately," Schild told KPTV. "I hope this is a learning opportunity not only for our students, but any students that see it on TV or anywhere else."
The field trip was a reward for the students’ good grades.
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