Parents, student react to student's arrest for bringing gun to school in Sevier County

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Sevier County Sheriff's Office arrested a 14-year-old Northview Middle School student for bringing a handgun to school this morning.

Deputies said a staff member at the school heard that a student had a gun Monday morning and alerted the school's resource officer.

That's when the resource officer found a semi-automatic 9mm handgun in the student's backpack, which was in the student's locker.

The news shocked parents after school today.

"That's scary some scary news to hear when you first pick him up," said Jason Nelson who once attended Northview Middle School. "It's hard to believe. I would have never pictured that happening here."

"I don't understand how a parent wouldn't know their kid walked out with a gun," Carla Nelson said. " I don't understand that at all."

Their son Austin Nelson is a 7th grade student at Northview. He said he could only think of two reasons why the teen would bring a gun to school.

"Probably to hurt someone or to show someone the gun," Austin said.

Sevier County Sheriff's Department doesn't know the motive yet. Sheriff Ron Seals said the weapon was not loaded, but the ammo magazine loaded with ammo was inside the bookbag. They also found a small amount of marijuana.

Police charged the student with one county of possession of a firearm and drug possession. They're still looking at why the student brought the gun to school. Now the student is at the Sevier County Juvenile Facility pending a hearing.

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