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Springfield student caught with gun on campus

Posted on September 10, 2021

Updated on September 13, 2021

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School officials said no one was injured when sheriff's deputies found a handgun in a student's backpack on Friday.

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School officials said no one was injured when sheriff's deputies found a handgun in a student's backpack on Friday.

A Springfield Middle School student took a gun to school in a backpack Friday, according to a phone message sent to parents from Wilson County Schools.

“We were made aware that a student brought a gun to school in a backpack,” Principal Marquis Spell said in the message. “We handled the situation immediately in collaboration with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.”

Sheriff Calvin Woodard said the school resource officer found the handgun in a backpack after school officials reported the weapon. The student caught with the gun will be charged by means of a juvenile petition.

Superintendent Lane Mills and other administrators were on campus at Springfield for instructional rounds Friday morning.
“They just happened to be at Springfield this morning during the incident,” said Amber Lynch, Wilson County Schools public relations director. She said Mills was able to offer support and guidance while he was there.

Spell said appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we have absolutely zero tolerance for weapons on campus,” Spell said in the phone message. “We will always go above and beyond to keep everyone safe and diffuse situations.”
Spell said he appreciated the sheriff’s office’s quick response and urged parents to talk to their students about the zero-tolerance weapons policy.

“Please use this situation as an opportunity to speak with your student about how we will not tolerate weapons on campus, and also as an opportunity to encourage your student to always tell you, a staff member or our school resource officer if they know of situations or information that threaten our safety,” he said.

Woodard praised the relationship between his office and the school district, describing the agencies’ collaboration as “second to none.”

“We take this matter very seriously and want to ensure safety amongst our children, who are our greatest assets, and those who are extremely important in education like teachers and school personnel,” Woodard said. “I will not tolerate such threats, and we will remain vigilant with our educational partners in protecting Wilson County Schools.”

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