The father of a 9-year-old boy who brought a gun to school is facing a felony charge of child abuse.
Bryan Kline is charged with one count of Child Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment which carries a possible sentence of one to six years in prison. He is also charged with one count of Aiding a Child in Possession of a Firearm, a misdemeanor with a possible sentence of up to six months and a $1,000 fine.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges Wednesday against Kline. His son brought the .22 gun to Helen Marie Smith Elementary School on Sept. 19. School officials received an anonymous tip about the gun.
“We are so fortunate that this incident did not result in any injuries or deaths,” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. “The responsibility for proper gun safety lies with adults. This parent enabled his child to access his gun and ammunition which the child brought to school. The child, in turn, exposed many other schoolchildren and adults to a possible tragedy. I urge any gun owners out there to properly secure your weapons, and do not allow children the ability to access them without proper adult supervision. While this seems like common sense, we are seeing these types of cases more often than before.”
According to the city of Las Vegas, Kline is a corrections officer. The city is also investigating to see if Kline, who has been employed since 2017, violated any policies.