NEW BRAUNFELS - An eight-year-old girl at New Braunfels County Line Elementary School brought a loaded handgun to school Tuesday morning.

According to police, the girl found the loaded handgun when she opened her bag to start the school day. The student immediately told her teacher, who took the bag with the gun and turned it into campus administration.

The New Braunfels Police Department was notified and investigated the incident. Police believe the girl did not know that the gun was in the bag.

After talking to the student's parent, the parent took full responsibility saying the gun was inadvertently left in the bag after a recent move.

The parent was issued a citation for making a Firearm Accessible to a Child (Class C Misdemeanor).

Police said that the gun was never displayed and students were likely unaware that it was ever on campus.

NBPD would like to caution all gun owners about the seriousness of keeping firearms secured and away from children.