School officials say a Nederland ISD third grade student is being disciplined after a teacher found an unloaded pistol in the student's backpack.

Nederland ISD Superintendent Robert Madding tells 12News the gun was found Tuesday in the backpack of a student at Hillcrest Elementary.

Teachers became suspicious when the student appeared nervous and kept looking at his backpack.

According to our News Partner the Beaumont Enterprise, the gun found is a Taurus 380 semi-automatic pistol and a gun case with bullets in it. Nederland Police Chief Gary Porter told the Enterprise the student took the gun from his mother's night stand and brought it to school to teach his friend how to shoot.

The school district issued the following press release Friday:

Robert E. Madding October 19, 2012
Superintendent of Schools
Nederland ISD
A nine-year-old student at Hillcrest Elementary School brought a gun to school on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The gun was not loaded, and the clip was not in the gun. The student's teacher found the gun in the student's backpack in the classroom and immediately notified the principal, who notified police and administration. The incident took place at the end of the school day, and the student is being disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct.