13-year-old in custody after gun found on Hendersonville school property

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 13-year-old was taken into custody after a gun was found on Hawkins Middle School property Tuesday morning.

Officials said the gun was discovered after the principal was alerted by a neighbor who noticed a student leave something near a fence at the edge of the school’s property.

Authorities used surveillance video to identify the student and take him into custody.

During the investigation, police learned the teen had stolen his grandfather’s .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol. The student will be disciplined and was taken to juvenile detention.

“You get scared. You get angry, I am really tired. I am really tried about kids not being able to go anywhere and be safe. It’s just, Its scary,” said Pam Shadowens, a concerned mother.

The school was placed on alert status as a precaution for three hours while police investigated.

“The school was on lock down and alert status for about three hours while law enforcement worked out whether there was a treat to the school or not,” said Jeremy Johnson, the school spokesperson.

Officials said the gun was never inside the school and there were never any threats against it or anyone.

Just one day prior, a student at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School was arrested after a gun was found beneath some bleachers at the football field.