8th grader at Knoxville school arrested for bringing gun to school

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An eighth grade student at Vine Magnet/Middle School was arrested Friday for bringing a gun into the east Knoxville school, according to a Knox Co. School's spokesperson Melissa Copelan.

The Knoxville Police Department confiscated the gun from the student's backpack. The gun wasn't loaded and no ammunition was found.

Copelan said police routinely conduct random backpack checks.


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  • by Timbo Location: Blaine on Apr 9, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    This is just another reason/incident of why I think that schools should have metal detectors at the front door each morning as students arrive. I know that it would be costly and time consuming, but our children would be safer. Maybe state legislators can somehow incorporate funds from our states' lottery. After all, isn't the lottery supposed to be conducive to the education of our children? I would think that this would be conducive enough to warrent funds from the lottery to pay for metal detectors!

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