LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A handgun was found on the playground of a local elementary school Monday night, according to a letter that was sent home to parents by Jefferson County Public Schools.

It happened on the playground of Norton Elementary School, located on Brownsboro Road, near Barbour Lane.

"I wanted to make you aware of a situation that arose at school last evening," wrote Principal Ken Stites in the letter that went home to parents Tuesday afternoon. "Between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., a hand gun was found on our playground by a parent from the neighborhood. A call was immediately placed to LMPD, the JCPS Security Office, and me."

"The police responded and quickly determined that the gun was not operational, and could in no way be fired," Stites wrote. "The officer I spoke with agreed that, while finding a gun on a playground raises a tremendous amount of concern, it was some relief to learn that, due to its current condition, the gun posed no physical threat to anyone."

Stites said that, "after speaking with the responding officer and the adult that discovered the gun, it was determined that the gun had likely been dropped there just prior to discovery, and had not been there earlier in the day when children were playing at recess."

Sites added that, while LMPD and school security continue to investigate, it is unlikely the owner of the gun will be identified, due to its age and condition.

"This incident is clearly an anomaly, and not the type of thing that frequently occurs here at Norton," Stites wrote.

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