Sevier County teens arrested on gun charges

Sevier County High School was put on lock-down Friday after sheriffs deputies say a gun made its way to the school after a burglary.

Sevier County High School was locked down on Friday while officers searched for a gun. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County High School was put on lock-down Friday after sheriff's deputies say a stolen gun was found inside the school.

Sheriff's deputies say they were investigating a burglary at Smoky Mountain Firearms where five guns were taken. On Friday, school resource officers at Northview Academy got information that students were talking about the theft and that a student there was involved.

Deputies say they found out that the Northview Academy student admitted to taking the gun and the person who helped him was a student at Sevier County High School. Deputies say they recovered four guns at the Northview students home, the other gun was in the possession of the Sevier County student on school grounds.

Deputies say school surveillance video led them to believe the loaded gun was hidden in the ceiling tiles of a bathroom. Chief Deputy Michael Hodges says the .380, Sig Saver P238 Model pistol was loaded.

Hodges says two students not related to the burglary helped hide the gun and then later one of them took the gun home before deputies could find it.

"It was more of an attempt to conceal it. Because they realized probably shouldn't have told this person and that person. So they were concealing it trying to keep from getting in trouble thinking if it's not on my person they I'll probably be OK. Which wasn't the case obviously," said Hodges.

Hodges says they have no reason to believe the gun was taken to Sevier County High School to harm a student or teacher.

The four teens have been taken into juvenile custody.


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