NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School in Davidson County was placed on lockdown after reports of a student with a handgun. The 13-year-old student has since been arrested.
Police responded to the located at 2000 Greenwood Avenue in East Nashville around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools said a student told a teacher about another student who had a weapon. The teacher then reported the gun to school officials.
"The school was immediately placed on lockdown," said Tony Majors, Metro School's assistant superintendent of student services. "The school immediately implemented it's security procedures, at which time the student was identified, brought to the office, and subsequently searched."
MNPS officials said students were taken into classrooms and the halls were secure within 30 seconds.
Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department were called in to investigate and search the school. They found the student and secured the gun. The gun was apparently inside his gym bag.
An official with MNPS said the gun was not loaded. No other weapons were found.
"I figured when I walked up something was wrong, because when I punched the button, they didn't come," said parent Sylvia Branch. "Then the lady walked towards the door and I didn't understand her, so she went back and got on the phone and told me what was going on."
The school dismissed students at the usual time by way of a secure dismissal drill.
MNPS officials said the student who reported the gun did the right thing. They said early reports among students of a fight at the school were not true.