LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Lebanon High School student was arrested after the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said he brought a loaded gun and marijuana on a school bus Thursday morning.
A bus driver contacted the school’s assistant principal and resource officer at 8 a.m. to report an odor of marijuana on the bus.
During a search of the vehicle, a backpack containing a loaded .22 pistol was discovered.
Investigators were able to determine what happened along the route by reviewing a video captured by a camera on board.
The video shows a 17-year-old remove the gun from his backpack and place it inside the backpack of another student, according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. The teen was also shown throwing a small amount of marijuana under a nearby seat.
Authorities say the teen initially lied about bringing the gun to school but later confessed. He told them he had the gun for protection at home.
Deputies said he told them he placed the gun in the other students backpack because he feared being caught.
The student, who has not been identified, was taken to a juvenile facility. He faces two criminal charges for possession of a weapon on school property and possession of a drug.