ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) -- A 9-year-old boy made his first court appearance Friday on school weapons charges.
School officials said the boy brought multiple weapons to his elementary school in Hunter's Creek Wednesday.
An officer searched the student's bag and found an unloaded handgun, a magazine with six bullets inside, a steak knife and small-handled sledge hammer.
The guns came from his father's home, officials said.
The boy's father said he was playing a character he learned from the video game Minecraft.
"They use hammers to dig and knives and guns to protect themselves from zombies," the boy's father said.
Officials at Endeavor Elementary School on Balcombe Road said the 9-year-old boy told three friends before school that he had the weapons. Those three reported the information to a school resource officer, who found the student and isolated him from others in the school.
School officials said all protocols were followed, and authorities were called in to investigate.
The boy was charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, possession of a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a minor.
No injuries were reported.
The boy was so tiny that his detention uniform engulfed him and he could barely see the judge over the podium Friday.
"I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I couldn't believe it," said the boy's father.
The father said his son was just acting out the game.
He believes the gun could never have been fired.
"Well, the gun was stored in a drawer but the firing pin component had been removed," the boy's father said.