Man arrested while picking up student for having gun on campus

Posted at 9:10 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 22:11:25-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was arrested for having a gun inside an elementary school in Clarksville.

School Resource Officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53-year-old George A. Kennedy Monday afternoon when he picked up a student at Byrns Darden Elementary School.

Police officials say front office staff noticed what looked to be the outline of a firearm under his clothing and quickly notified the School Resource Officer.

A deputy met Kennedy at the front office and immediately disarmed him. In addition to the firearm and loaded magazine, he also had a knife and two additional loaded magazines.

Kennedy, who does have a valid handgun carry permit, said that he was unaware that it was against the law to carry in the school.

The law is posted on the door when entering the school.

Kennedy was taken into custody and charged with carrying weapons on school property. His bond was set at $10,000.