(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 02, 2019, supporters of gun control and firearm safety measures hold a protest rally outside the US Supreme Court as the Court hears oral arguments in State Rifle and Pistol v. City of New York, NY, in Washington, DC. - A four-year-old in Texas brought a loaded handgun to school, officials said, as the end of summer vacation in the US reignites fears of school shootings. The scare on August 31, 2022, in Corpus Christi came two days after a similar incident in Arizona, that time involving a child aged seven. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

A four-year-old boy took a loaded gun to school in Texas, just days after a similar incident in Arizona. A four-year-old appeared on the grounds of an elementary school “in possession of a loaded handgun,” a police officer said on Wednesday morning (local time) in the southern Texas city of Corpus Christi.

Investigators then went to the child’s family home and identified the parents as the gun’s owners, police said. The 30-year-old father was reportedly arrested. He is charged with giving a child access to a firearm and endangering a minor.

A seven-year-old student with a gun and ammunition appeared at school in Arizona on Monday, according to Cochise city officials. The child’s father reported another pistol missing, which was later found hidden in the school’s administrative offices.

Gun violence is a regular occurrence in schools in the United States. With the end of the summer holidays, the fear of gun attacks is reviving. In May, an 18-year-old shot dead 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde.