Father of boy who took gun to school charged

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Johnston man has been charged with child endangerment and failing to secure weapons around children a day after his 8-year-old son took a pistol to school.

Johnston Police Chief Bill Vaughn says 31-year-old Louis Friestad was charged on Wednesday.

The boy, a second grade student at Lawson Elementary, had the gun in his clothing when he went to school on Tuesday. It was spotted by a student who reported it to a teacher.

Vaughn says officers investigating the incident confiscated several other weapons found unsecured in Friestad’s home, which also was occupied by several other young children.

The case was not yet entered into online court records. It was unclear whether Friestad had an attorney.

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