Metro student charged for bringing loaded 9mm pistol to school

Student told police he had the gun for protection
Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 18:55:30-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — An 8th-grader has been charged after Metro Police say he brought a loaded 9 millimeter pistol to school.

The gun was found in the 13-year-old student's backpack during a random search of a classroom at Madison Middle School.

Police say the pistol had six bullets in the magazine, but none in the chamber.

The student told officers he had the gun for protection in his neighborhood due to his gang affiliation.

He was taken to juvenile detention by police.