In the hour before dusk, on each and ever street leading to Kruse Elementary there is a burning question being asked - How and why did a 6 year old carry a fully loaded pistol into his classroom?
"This is the youngest child I have ever known of to bring a gun to school," said Renea Ivy, spokesperson for Pasadena ISD.
Ivy says at around 9AM a little girl approached her first grade teacher and reported a classmate with a gun. The educator acted quickly, pulling the boy out of class and securing the weapon until police arrived.
"We are fortunate that gun was not discharged. To think about the alternative is terrible and that's why we are back at the table asking are we doing enough to make sure our students are safe," said Ivy.
The boy admitted bringing the weapon from home without his parents permission. Pasadena ISD says the parents will be issued a criminal citation for leaving the handgun where the child could reach it.
Among parents aware of the tragedy averted the consequence seemed more than justified.
"That's a serious crime right there. That could be deadly," said Angel Hoyt the mother of three students attending Kruse Elementary.
Sergio Ramirez has a niece and a nephew at the school and wants accountability.
"Something could have gone wrong. The kid could have shot himself or killed someone else so I think it should be a criminal offense," said Ramirez.
PISD is working to turn the near miss into a teachable moment with students.
"Because maybe sometime when you play with guns you could shoot yourself," said Marina Ferma, a school mate of the boy at Kruse.
"Letting him get a gun and he's barely six? That's not good," said Melanie Martinez, a former Kruse student now in middle school.
PISD says the boy has been removed from the campus class for at least the remainder of the semester.