A 15-year-old Lebanon High School student was arrested Monday after school officials discovered he had a handgun and magazine full of ammunition including three powerful hollow-point bullets in his possession. The student, a sophomore, pleaded guilty in Wilson County Juvenile Court He is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 10, 2015.
The incident occurred after Wilson County SRO Cpl. Christine Self was called to help an assistant high school principal search four students in the second floor restroom. It is believed someone reported they were using tobacco products inside the boys' restroom when the discovery was made. The school principal asked if anyone was carrying anything they should not have when one of the students raised his hand and admitted he had a gun.
Deputy Dusty Burton was called to the scene to help search the students. Only one was determined to have a weapon. Officers found a bag containing a Springfield Armory XDM 9 mm pistol along with a magazine containing 10 rounds.
The suspect told officers that he was carrying the gun for protection while going back and forth to his mother's and father's houses and that neither were aware he had the weapon. The student said he forgot he had the gun until he was on the school bus.
Officers arrested the suspect and took him to Youth Services, where he was then transported to Rutherford Court Youth Detention Facility.
"We are just relieved we were able to retrieve the gun and ammunition before anything serious happened," Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "This could have been a terrible tragedy with a weapon and ammunition in the hands of a student at school. I want to commend the Lebanon High School faculty and administration for their vigilance in keeping the SRO's informed."