The 8-year-old boy who brought a loaded gun to his Queens school and sold it to a classmate for $3.50 faces charges of weapons possession. So is his father, Ignacio Galvan, who kept the gun for protection and hid it on a top shelf. According to court papers, Galvan said, "I can't believe my son took it to school. Thank God no one was hurt. It's all my fault." Many agree with him.
Deanna Zeitner discovered the gun in her son's backpack after school, and told NY1, "It's horrible. I don't blame the child, I blame the parent." She also said, "He thought he was purchasing a toy. He gave the kid [the money] at the beginning of the day." Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also said, "It's a defaced gun, the serial number is scratched off," and Galvan admitted to buying it illegally for $300 in Jackson Heights.
Galvan was remanded on $3,000 bail and is due back in court on June 3rd. His son also faces weapons charges, and may appear in Queens Family Court on Monday. Zeitner acknowledged that it could have been much worse: "The kid was playing with the gun. What if went off?"