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PEORIA, Ariz. -

Kids are back at school at a Peoria elementary school where a student brought a loaded gun in for show and tell earlier this week.

According to the district, the first grade teacher at Oasis Elementary School acted fast taking the gun away from the student and alerting administrators who then called police and the child's parents.

"Do they own a gun safe? I have guns myself and all mine are locked up. My kids have no access to it. If kids have access to it, are they responsible gun owners?," asked parent Marino Savary.

Police tell us the child was able to easily access the gun and according to a letter sent home to parents the day of the incident the child brought the gun in for show & tell.

"Kids shouldn't be able to get a hold of a gun in the first place, a knife they could get at the kitchen sink. There shouldn't be any way they could get a hold of a gun," said Rhonda Holstein another parent with a child at the school.

Rhonda Holstein didn't know there was a gun a gun at school until FOX 10 told her. Holstein said she got the letter but the letter didn't mention a gun, just that a weapon was found.

District officials defended the wording of the letter, "that is just the standard letter that we send when there is any type of weapon in the classroom. The important message there is that the students and staff were kept safe. We certainly didn't want to overly alarm anyone. Which is why we sent the letter at the end of the day. We didn't see a need to disrupt the educational environment," said Danielle Airey with the Peoria Unified School District.

Peoria Police tell us they are still investigation but at this point the parents have not been charged with anything. Police also say they notified child protective services.

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