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Student Charged With Bringing Weapons on Campus

Posted February 21, 2008

— A Wilson County student was arrested Wednesday after school officials discovered that he had brought a gun, ammunition and a knife to school.

The boy, whose name and age were not released, is a student at Springfield Middle School.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Assistant Principal Wil Farmer notified Principal Ron Barringer that a student had reported a gun on campus, according to the account school officials gave Thursday. The student told a school resource officer that another student had put a gun in the reporting student's locker.

Barringer asked teachers to keep all students in classrooms. He did not initiate a lock-down.

When the halls were clear, Barringer used a master key and opened the locker in question. After moving some papers, he discovered the gun, school officials said. The weapon was not loaded, but a clip containing six rounds was on top of the gun.

The principal called the student under suspicion to the office.

Barringer, the school resource officer and the assistant principal reviewed video from the school system's surveillance cameras. The video showed the student under suspicion making the motion of putting an object in the other student's locker, school officials said.

It was not clear in the video that the object was a gun.

The student said he had brought the gun to school because he heard that a group of older boys was going to "get him,” school officials said.

During a pat down, the school resource officer also found a knife. The officer then took the student, the firearm, the knife and the ammunition clip to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office. Barringer notified the student's father.

State law makes possession of a weapon on school grounds a Level 3 offense requiring suspension for 365 calendar days, school officials said.


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  • wp Feb 22, 2008

    Dataclerk - I agree with you. And I've been around enough kids to know that they do know better. And yes, i've been around good kids and some of the worst. And I don't care if he felt threatened or not. No need, NONE, to take weapons to school. He should be punished by suspension, being arrested etc, etc. A majority of the parents I know pay attention to their kids and what's going on with them, and some don't. For those who don't, you need to start paying attention or stop having kids. If the gun came from home, the parents should be punished too b/c they should no better than to have it in a place where kids can get to it.

  • TheWB Feb 22, 2008

    Bull stinky on metal detectors costing too much. Go down to Radio Shack or where ever and buy one of thase kid's treasure hunter metal detctors that you sweep the ground with. They will work just as well, I have done it.

  • Dido Feb 21, 2008

    Good point, lukie...let's find out why he brought the gun to school. It's just a possible that he was being bullied as it is that he is a bully.

  • hkypky Feb 21, 2008

    picsatexhibition et al.:

    (Trying) to have some fun however, and according to good 'ole Merriam-Webster, the use of either "Clip" or "Magazine" would be acceptable.

    Ref: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary

    Magazine: 5: a supply chamber: as a: a holder in or on a gun for cartridges to be fed into the gun chamber

    Clip: 2: a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles; also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm.

  • Come On_Seriously Feb 21, 2008

    Good grief people-
    Who cares if it is a magazine or a clip?
    The problem is that a kid brought a gun and ammunition in some sort of holder. Kids have access to guns and we're bogged down with what is a magazine and what is a clip. Sad.
    Perhaps if our society weren't so freakin gun-happy, kids would be reading magazines and putting clips in their hair.

  • nighthunter Feb 21, 2008

    To Mr. Keeping It Real: The right of the people assured by the Second Amendment was put into place by the wise architects of our country to prevent the Government from becoming one of tyranny, and to secondly provide the individual the means to protect himself. The right to self protection has always been a fundamental of our law.

    To detrahicks: Why did you add the phrase “(sadly, with no regard to others.)” to the self protection. It seems to me that he greatly regarded the safety of others, He placed the unloaded gun in a place that would normally have been accessible to him later, presumably at the point where he believed he would need it, rather than carry a loaded gun all over school.

    What is completely ignored is the question of why was he so intimidated by persons not named, that he thought it a “life threatening” situation requiring a response using deadly force? What was done to resolve that situation? Presumably nothing!

  • maxpower Feb 21, 2008

    Wolfy1== Thank you for teaching the "experts" the difference between a clip and a magazine.
    My daughter left high school and received her GED through the local community college because she got fed up with all the **** that goes on in high schools these days. She said I wouldn't believe what goes on "during classes" in the closets and bathrooms throughout the day. I was behind her all the way and several years later she is very sucessful in her career. I am so glad that my kids are out of school and good luck to all those who have kids starting high school or are in it now.

  • RonnieR Feb 21, 2008

    Alright folks, a clip (when not talking about a stripper clip)
    fits inside the receiver of the weapon, such as the clip that
    fits inside the M-1 Garand rifle. A magazine hangs outside
    of the receiver such as the M-14/M-16 Rifle. A magazine has
    a spring, a clip does not. There are also half moon clips
    that hold for example, three .45 ACP rounds to be used with an approriate M-1917 revelover.

  • lukie Feb 21, 2008

    I think it is a shame that this child felt as he/she could not let an adult know that he felt threatened or had been threatened. Why do we just assume the child is really a bad kid. May the older boys "gang" or whoever should be searched out and punished as well.

  • PikeMom4real Feb 21, 2008

    Why can't we get metal detectors in schools??????

    Too many outlets,kids are in and out all dy long.Imagine how much teaching would get done after running all the kids through.Every door would have to have one,then how about the 'trailors" what would they do about metal detectors for seperate buildings?Bookbags would have to be specially made,no metals on them.Jean snaps can make them go off.Metal plates in the body can make them go off.Their would be no teaching unless it was done in the metal detector line.