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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A local mother is under investigation after her son went to school with a stun a gun, and she was the one who gave it to him.

The mother said she did it to help protect her child, but it's a decision that could have her facing child endangerment charges.

A 9-year-old student at Durant Turri Mott Elementary was caught with a device powerful enough to deliver strong electrical shock.

Parents said this is concerning.

"With so much stuff going on in schools right now, you know, you're concerned about kids going to school and things of that nature," Nikita Johnson said. She has three children enrolled in Flint schools.

A Flint schools' staff member contacted police on Tuesday after finding out that a child had a device similar to a stun gun. The device was never used.

"That was confiscated by school staff and turned over to Flint police," said Brian Smith, Flint Community Schools spokesperson.

Police said the device was given to the student by his mother.

Sources said the mother has told police she gave the device to her child for protection after he had been harassed, but now the child faces suspension or expulsion and the mother could end up in court.

"A stun gun or a taser under the law is defined as something that can incapacitate or immobilize a person, based on electric shocks and waves," said John Potbury, Genesee County assistant prosecutor.

He said this particular case has not crossed his desk yet, but under state law a person must be 21 and have a concealed pistol license to carry a stun gun, or what is commonly referred to as a taser.

At this point it is still unclear what the device was.

"There are a lot of things you have to take into consideration before you make a legal conclusion under the law," Potbury said.

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