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Beech student charged with false reporting following gun hoax

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A Beech High School student has been charged with false reporting and abuse of the 911 system after calling the school with his grandmother's cell phone on Aug. 30 and stating that he was "at the back door with a gun."

Immediately after the call came into the school's front office just after 9 a.m., Beech High, as well as neighboring Beech Elementary and T.W. Hunter Middle School, were placed on lock down. For an hour, students "sheltered in place" with the lights off and doors locked.

Outside, more than two dozen law enforcement officers and first responders arrived on scene sparking conversation and concern on social media while parents and news media rushed to the school.

According to a Sumner County Sheriff's Office report of the incident, the number the student called from came up on the school's caller ID. Authorities compared the number with school records and found it matched a number given as an emergency contact for a student who did not come to school that day.

Detectives with both the Sheriff's Office and Hendersonville Police Department went to the student's home and spoke with his father and grandmother, who said she let her grandson use her phone after he told her he needed to call the school. Authorities also spoke to the student who admitted to calling the school and making the threat. When asked the reason for the hoax, the juvenile said he didn't know why he did it, according to the report.

The student, whose name was redacted from police documents because he is a juvenile, was taken to the county's juvenile detention facility and charged with the two crimes.

Responding agencies included individuals from the Sumner County Sheriff's Office, Hendersonville and Goodlettsville police departments, Sumner County EMS, Sumner County EMA, the DEA, FBI and Secret Service.

"When a call like that goes out, everybody really does pitch in," said Sumner County Sheriff's Office Chief of Deputies Aaron Pickard. "It was a really good, safe, efficient effort."

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