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Update, 4: 05 p.m.: The 16-year-old Rossview High student has been charged with weapons on school property, minor in possession of a handgun and simple possession, according to Sandra Brandon, spokesperson for MCSO.
He was carrying an unloaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol in his backpack, and a loaded magazine with six rounds and one loose round of ammunition was found in a separate pocket of the backpack, Brandon said in a news release.
CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – An unloaded gun and ammunition were found in a student’s backpack at Rossview High School on Tuesday after a School Resource Officer received a tip.
Rossview High principal Meghen Sanders sent a message to the school’s families Tuesday afternoon.
“SRO Deputy Pike received a tip that a student may have been in possession of a weapon at school. After receiving this tip, school administration immediately located and searched the suspected student’s backpack where an unloaded gun and ammunition were found. SRO Deputy Pike immediately took possession of the weapon,” Sanders said in the message.
Sanders added that no threat of violence was made against the school.
Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools policy states that possession of a firearm is a zero-tolerance offense, with a mandatory one-calendar-year expulsion and is a criminal offense per state law.
The gun found at Rossview High is the fifth firearm to be found on a CMCSS campus this year.
In November, another firearm was found in student’s backpack at New Providence Middle.
Another was confiscated from a student’s vehicle in the parking lot of Montgomery Central High, one was in he possession of a West Creek High student during a basketball jamboree at Austin Peay Dunn Center and the last was in the possession of a parent in the parking lot at Northeast High.
Additionally, seven local students have been charged with making threats to Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools this year.
“Please take this opportunity to remind your children about the importance of immediately reporting any safety concern at school to a teacher, SRO, administrator, or other trusted adult, and of the serious consequences for carrying a weapon on school property,” Sanders continued in the message.
Clarksville Now has reached out to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
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