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Authorities arrest high school freshman for taking gun to school

This gun was confiscated from a male student at Sequatchie County High School Monday.  The student was charged with carrying a weapon on school property.  Photo contributed.

Jan. 7, 2019 – On Monday, Jan. 7, peace officers arrested a freshman at Sequatchie County High School (SCHS) and charged him with carrying a weapon on school property. Officers confiscated a Taurus .380 pistol, but said the boy had no ammunition in the gun or on his person.

At the Monday evening meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE), Director of Schools Pete Swafford stated, “Officers discovered that a student had brought a weapon to school. A student let us know about it. The student told an adult, and the adult told law enforcement. But it was dealt with, and that student will be dealt with appropriately.”

According to a statement released by the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office (SCSO), school officials notified the School Resource Officer (SRO), who identified the student with the gun and then notified detectives, who assisted in the investigation.

During the investigation, detectives conducted several interviews,” the release stated. “The juvenile was found to be in possession of a Taurus .380 pistol, which was unloaded at the time with no ammo found.”

The juvenile was identified as a male freshman at SCHS who lives in Sequatchie County.

The Dunlap Police Department assisted in the investigation.