The children are afraid. That’s one takeaway from the story of a Utah sixth grader who brought a gun to his Salt Lake City elementary school in order to—he reportedly said—defend himself from an attack like the massacre in Newtown, Conn. The .22-caliber handgun he took to West Kearns Elementary was left at home by a relative. The boy, whose name has not been released, apparently waved the gun at other students during morning recess. When questioned by administrators, he said that his parents had sent him to school with the gun for protection, which the family adamantly denies.