updated 1/9/2009 10:48:47 AM ET 2009-01-09T15:48:47

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — A 6-year-old boy who brought a loaded handgun to his Southern California elementary school was expelled after it was discovered in his pants.

The find came after he was sent to the campus office because of sagging pants.

The .45-caliber handgun slipped down the first-grader's pant leg Wednesday while a clerk at the Victorville school was helping him put on a belt, authorities said.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Karen Hunt said the boy took the gun from his father's vehicle. Investigators in the town about 80 miles west of Los Angeles said the weapon was stolen during a November robbery.

The boy's father, Michael Lewis, was arrested and booked for investigation of receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The boy, who will be expelled under the school's zero-tolerance weapons policy, has been released to the custody of his mother.

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