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6-year-old has gun in school, three children hurt

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Three children were injured at lunchtime on Tuesday at a Houston elementary school when a gun fell out of a 6-year-old's pocket and went off in the cafeteria, Houston Independent School District officials said.

The boy who brought the gun to Ross Elementary in northeast Houston was injured, as were another boy and a girl, said Norm Uhl, a district spokesman. The injuries were minor, he said, but the children, all in kindergarten, were taken to a hospital.

A father of a student at the school, Kerry Brown, said that his son Khoran, 6, was one of the boys injured but not the one who brought the gun to school.

"I'm very disappointed and hurt," Brown said. "This is supposed to be an institution of learning and parents need to take better control of their kids."

Brown, who was leaving the school with daughter Kaylah, 8, after talking to school officials, said his son was not seriously injured. His wife was at the hospital with Khoran, he said.

It was not clear how the other boy got the gun or why he had it at school.

Uhl, the district spokesman, said grief counselors were at the school.

"The danger has passed," he said.

(Reporting by Deborah Quinn Hensel; Writing by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Greg McCune)

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