Dad arrested at SW Miami-Dade school after retrieving gun in child’s backpack

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida father was arrested after, officials said, he came to his son’s elementary school to retrieve a gun that he had forgotten to remove from the child’s backpack.

According to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Ramon Nuiry came to Kendale Elementary School in Southwest Miami-Dade, Thursday morning.

Officials said Nuiry came back to the school after he had dropped off his son and asked to speak to him. During that conversation, officials said, he took the loaded firearm from the third-grader and left.

The child reportedly told school officials that he had the gun and that his father had taken it.

School officials said Nuiry returned to the school after classes ended to pick up his son, only to find police officers waiting for him. He was then taken into custody.

In a robocall, school principal Aryam Alvarez-Garcia informed parents of the incident. “Earlier today, Miami-Dade Schools Police arrested a parent after he forgot to remove a weapon he had stored in his child’s backpack,” she said in the recording. “The isolated incident was quickly handled by school staff and police, resulting in no disruption to the school day.”

Nuiry is facing multiple charges, including possession of a firearm on school property.

He was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where he was being held on a $17,500 bond. However, he posted bond early Friday morning.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Executive Director John J. Schuster issued a statement that read in part, “The actions of this irresponsible parent who would risk the safety and security of children and others by storing a weapon in his child’s book bag are abhorrent and reckless. It is extremely fortunate that this incident was handled quickly and safely, without any disruption to the school day.”

Parents of students at the school reacted with shock upon hearing of the incident.

“I do think that parents with small children should have some type of safety precaution or measures in their home to make sure that their kid cannot have access to their weapon because that could be a dangerous situation,” said parent Brian Finkelstein.

Betty Esposito kept her child home from school Friday, and instead went to the school herself to speak to administration.

“My daughter, I found out later, is the child that sits next to the boy that had it,” she said. “So, yes, it’s totally altered the way I feel about everything. I has to stop.”

One parent named Joyce even commented on how insecure she feels with the recent climate surrounding guns and school shootings.

“That’s my biggest concern right now — when you drop off your kid at school, you don’t know if you’re gonna pick them up,” she said.

Officials did not specify what type of gun the father retrieved from his son.

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