US school sent box of guns instead of textbooks by blundering delivery driver

A box of guns was delivered to a high school that was expecting a shipment of textbooks in what police called an "honest mistake."

The FedEx delivery was stored in Chester High School in Chester, Pennsylvania, over the weekend after it arrived on Friday, August 19.

After the hapless delivery driver realised his mistake, he returned to the school on Monday to collect the six 30 caliber M1 rifles.

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“When deliveries come in, we check everything,” Kevin Thomas, Chester High School maintenance employee told NBC10.

“Usually, it’s like school supplies. So I don’t think – in the history, nothing like this has ever happened. So it had to be a big misunderstanding, big mistake.”

Chester Upland School District Superintendent Dr. Craig Parkinson confirmed that the school was expecting a delivery of textbooks and supplies for the start of the school year.

However, the guns were inside, addressed to an auto repair shop in bordering Chester Township.

Chester Upland School District officials sent a letter to school staff and parents making them aware of the discovery, at a time when school shootings in the country are rife.

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Reports in the US said an "avid gun collector" purchased the firearms completely legally.

Chester Police Commissioner Steven Gretsky said: “They had a right to purchase it, we checked everything out, everything was completely legal- nothing illegal about it. And it was one solo individual who purchased the firearms.”

The commissioner added that no charges will be filed. The firearms were returned to FedEx, authorities said.

“We take this matter very seriously and are cooperating fully with investigating authorities,” FedEx told NBC10.

“We were contacted and followed school protocol and got the police involved immediately,” Nafis Nichols, Chester Upland School District receiver, said.

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