published Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Police: Student took gun to school

A Washington Alternative School student was charged Tuesday with bringing a loaded gun to Orchard Knob Middle School, according to a news release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The student, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, has been charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon on school property and criminal trespass, said sheriff spokeswoman Janice Atkinson.

When Orchard Knob was being dismissed at its regular time Tuesday afternoon, School Resource Officer Deputy Breeland Kilgore learned of a juvenile who might have a weapon on campus, Atkinson said.

Kilgore said she approached the student and requested that he place his hands on his head. The student initially complied, but then started reaching for his pocket, Atkinson said.

After being ordered again to place his hands on his head, the student was taken into custody, Atkinson said. During a pat down, a .380-caliber handgun with one round in the chamber was found in the student's left pocket and a clip loaded with one round was found in his right pocket, Atkinson said.

Washington Alternative is for students who have been suspended or expelled from their regular school for behavior problems.

Hamilton County Schools spokeswoman Danielle Clark had no comment about the incident Tuesday evening.

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