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Police are investigating how a loaded handgun ended up in a student’s backpack at a Springfield school Tuesday. 

The incident happened at Arthur Mallory Early Childhood Center on West College Road. According to information from Springfield Public Schools, a staff member discovered the handgun in the backpack of a 3-year-old student. 

The weapon was secured and police were called, according to a letter sent to students' families. An initial investigation found that the student had no knowledge of the gun being in the backpack, according to the statement from Springfield Public Schools. 

No one was injured. A spokesperson for the school district said that a call to the Missouri Children's Division hotline was also made. 

The Arthur Mallory Center houses early childhood special education and Wonder Years classrooms, according to Springfield Public Schools. 

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Hauxeda. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or More by Joe Hadsall