A search of a student’s vehicle at Mount Juliet High School led to the seizure of a handgun, knives and a ski goggle. The teenager now faces charges.
According to information from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) on Wednesday, the 16-year-old student was taken into custody by school resource officers (SROs).
Since this was an investigation into illicit substances, at the request of the school administration, a search of the student’s vehicle was conducted.
Inside the vehicle, deputies reportedly recovered a small handgun, two knives, approximately $600, substances that appeared to be narcotics and a ski mask.
Reports from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said that, based on ‘preliminary information’, investigators do not believe the gun was actually inside the school during the day. .
The student was transported to the county youth services facility pending a weapon and drug-related charges. Youth Services is a level of custody where a minor will not be released to their parents. Capt. Scott Moore, public information officer for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, said that’s the route authorities typically take in cases where a firearm is involved.
Official reports did not mention any injuries resulting from the incident.
“We appreciate the collaborative work with school administration and will continue to ensure a safe environment for all teachers, students and staff,” Moore said.
A message was sent Thursday by Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Bart Barker detailing what happened and that more information would be available pending the results of the investigation.
“We take these issues very seriously and will continue to work very hard to ensure a safe environment for our teachers, students and staff,” Barker said. “I would further add that the dedicated and intensive work of the school administrators and SROs was incredible, and they are to be commended for their efforts in this area.”