Gun found in Beech High School student’s backpack

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Parents of students at a Sumner County school were surprised to receive an alert Tuesday afternoon after an incident occurred during school hours.

A Beech High School student is now facing disciplinary action after finding a gun in his backpack.

Sumner County Schools officials said a student reported to the administration that he believed another student had “something dangerous” in his backpack.

A school resource officer and another member of the administration searched the student in question within minutes and found a firearm.

Officials say no threats were made against the school or the students.

The student will now face charges from local law enforcement as well as disciplinary action from the school district.

A parent from Beech High School contacted News 2, saying they had not been alerted to the incident until a message was sent to all parents on Tuesday evening. She asked why the parents weren’t alerted sooner, as the incident happened during school hours.

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In a statement to News 2, a spokesperson for Sumner County Schools said the school administration and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office “have completed a comprehensive threat assessment, in accordance with district protocol. “.

Martha K. Merrill