Cllr Neil Kelly said: “I am absolutely horrified that a gun was found in the playground of Parkhall Primary School. The community is shocked and appalled at this.
“This is an absolutely frightening incident and must have been an extremely traumatic event for the child and their family.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about the type of terrible tragedy that could have come about because of the gun being in the playground. “I would appeal to anyone with information on how the gun happened to end up in the playground to contact police immediately.”