The child who had the weapon is 7 years of age in the second grade.

Walton County Sheriff's Office has reported that a gun was discovered on a school bus returning kids home from Maude Saunders Elementary School on Dec. 1.

According to a WCSO news release, while nearing the end of the route, the gun was reported to the school bus driver by a student who saw it in another child’s bag. The gun was a .32 caliber single-action revolver, with no ammunition. The child who had the weapon is 7 years of age in the second grade.

WCSO noted the department has no reason to believe the student had malicious intent when bringing the weapon to school. The gun was not loaded and no ammunition was found in the child’s possession.

“One of our main priorities as an agency is to protect the children in our county,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said. “However, we also pride ourselves in protecting families from humiliation and not invading the privacy of those affected by these occurrences.”

This incident is still under investigation and the family was contacted. Any punishment will be handled by the Walton County School District.

“At no time during this investigation did we believe there was a threat to the school or that an arrest was necessary,” said Adkinson.

An investigation is still open in this case.