published Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Woodmore Elementary second-grader suspended for possessing handgun

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    Woodmore Elementary School
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School leaders and police responded to Woodmore Elementary School today, where a second-grader was discovered in possession of a handgun today, officials said.

It's unclear whether the weapon was loaded, but no one was hurt, said Assistant Superintendent Lee McDade.

"The kid was dealt with. The police were notified. And so were the parents," he said.

The student is suspended from school, McDade said. Carrying a weapon to school is a zero-tolerance offense under Tennessee law and can result in expulsion from school for one calendar year.

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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