A Hawkins Middle School student was in police custody Tuesday after bringing a loaded semi-automatic pistol onto school property, according to Hendersonville Police Department Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn.
Police were called to the school at around 8:50 a.m. after a neighbor noticed a student leave something near a fence at the edge of the school property, according to Sumner County Schools Spokesman Jeremy Johnson.
The neighbor called the school's principal, Mitch Flood, who discovered the gun along with a school resource officer. The resource officer then contacted Hendersonville police for assistance, according to Johnson.
The school was placed on alert status for approximately three hours after the gun was discovered while police investigated. Parents received an automated message that police were at the school and that students were safe during the event.
Johnson said that school administrators worked with the Sumner County Sheriff's Office and Hendersonville police to identify the student using security camera footage.
The gun was never brought into the school building and the student made no threats against the school or any individual at the school, Johnson added.
He said the student will be disciplined per School Board policy.
Vaughn said an investigation determined the 13-year-old student had stolen his grandfather's 40 caliber semiautomatic pistol and was hiding it rather than taking it into the school.
The student was taken into custody and transported to juvenile detention where he will be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and theft, according to Vaughn.