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.”