Two students arrested for bringing gun, knife to schools

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 6:25pm

School resources officers arrested two Metro high school students Thursday afternoon — one for carrying a gun, the other for spraying pepper spray.

Officers at Maplewood High School arrested a 14-year-old ninth-grader after receiving a tip that he had a gun at school. They found a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a magazine containing five rounds of ammunition in his backpack.

The student told officers he found the weapon and wanted to trade it for an iPod.

At Hillsboro High School, resource officer arrested a 15-year-old ninth-grader around 12:30 p.m. for allegedly running through a hallway discharging pepper spray.

As Officer Chad Turnbow made his way to an outdoor courtyard looking for the suspect, she ran into him carrying the pepper spray as well as what police described as a paring knife.

Turnbow disarmed and arrested the girl after a brief struggle during which the girl was taken to the ground. Neither was injured.

She is being charged at juvenile detention with unlawful weapon possession, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The 14-year-old Maplewood student faces expulsion under a state-mandated zero tolerance policy. He has been suspended by Metro Nashville Public Schools.

The Hillsboro student has been suspend pending disciplinary hearing for violating the student code of conduct.

In a released statement, Hillsboro principal Terry Shrader said, “We appreciate the School Resource Officer who acted quickly to keep our school community safe. After the incident, our school continued classes as scheduled.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 10/14/10 at 11:40

A 14 year old ninth grader? This is highly unusual. I have not heard of many Davidson county public school students who have accomplished quite so much academically. I thought Davidson county public school students were around 16 years old as ninth graders!

By: govskeptic on 10/15/10 at 6:30

I'm sure State or Federal regulations will require the taxpayers to
put these "lovely children" in a special program with special
teachers, and special classrooms, so that the little darlings aren't
punished too severly. Hopefully no one was grabbed by the arm
or anything rough by the teacher's or whomever when taking
these weapons away. That would result in TV cameras once the
parent complained of such harsh treatment of their "innocent" child!

By: howelln on 10/15/10 at 8:39

richgoose, you are, as usual, an idiot. Most of my students who are in 9th grade are 14; some are 13. And apparently, they know a good deal more than you. It is in the private schools where my 9th graders were 15 and 16. They hold them back for athletics.

By: d4deli on 10/15/10 at 11:41

Most students graduate at age 17 or 18, so age 14 or 15 is right on target for a 9th grader. My concern is the mandatory explusion or suspension. If a student is suspended for the remainder of the school year, they are not necessarily placed in an alternative school. That means they are just out of school for the rest of the year. What good does that do? Next year, they'll be back at school, but behind a year, and in the mean time, what kind of trouble will they get into since they have all that time on their hands at home, proably alone? This applies to Elementary through High School age students. Go figure.

By: TITAN1 on 10/15/10 at 1:06

richgoose/frankbrown was being sarcastic just like he always is.

By: Aubrey12 on 10/31/12 at 1:07

That is very strange reports school management organization have to acquire an action for students they should be punished for it after all it’s an unlawful case.