The Wilson County Sheriff's Office arrested a Lebanon High School student Thursday morning for bringing a loaded gun to school as well as a small amount of marijuana.
Around 8 a.m., a bus driver contacted an LHS assistant principal and the school resource officer, saying there was an odor of marijuana on the bus. During a search, a backpack containing a loaded .22 pistol was discovered near the back of the bus. Investigators said a video camera monitoring the bus's route captured what had transpired. In the video, investigators said, a 17-year-old is seen removing the weapon from his backpack and placing it in the backpack of another student. The student could also be seen throwing a small amount of marijuana under a nearby seat.
While investigators said the student initially lied about bringing the gun to school, he later confessed to officers, saying he had the gun for protection at home. The student claimed he placed the weapon in another student's backpack because he was in fear of getting caught. At no time did the student make any threats against other students or faculty members at LHS.
In a message issued to parents, LHS Principal Scott Walters noted the weapon never entered the school building, and that the student "adamantly expressed that he had no ill intent for anyone at school."
"The event was addressed very quickly and discretely and did not disrupt our school day," Walter said. "All students were in class, and the day proceeded as normal."
The student was transported to a juvenile facility, where he faces two criminal charges - one for possession of a weapon on school property and the other for simple possession of a Schedule VI drug.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said, "Things worked exactly like they were supposed to this morning. The bus driver was alert and took action. Our SRO (school resource officer) and school administrators reacted quickly and, as a result, we were able to get a dangerous weapon off the street and out of the hands of a child."