Student brings gun to Bulls Gap School

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WORRIED

Mount Juliet, TN

#1 Dec 14, 2012
Just found out three days ago a student brought a gun to Bulls gap school. The student was taken into custody but the concern I have is the kids were told not to discuss this to anyone. Do you not think as parents we need to know if a child brings a gun to school. This is just another attempt to sweep something like this under the rug and keep it hush hush in Hawkins county. I will not give the childs name as he is a minor. Anyone else have any details about this? Should we not know if something like this happens? Should we not report this to the public? Parents of children who attend Bulls Gap School ask your child questions about this you will be surprised, I know I was!!
OMG

Johnson City, TN

#2 Dec 14, 2012
WHAT!!?? My kids go there also and I agree, we parents should be notified!! Nothing is safe anymore...nothing.
WORRIED

Mount Juliet, TN

#3 Dec 14, 2012
my kids go there too and my child was told not to discuss this with anyone. That seems really odd coming from a teacher. I looked on topix today to see if anyone had posted and nothing was on here. I ask that all parents with a child in Bulls Gap school ask their child about this. I also think the parents should get together and go up on the hill to talk to Mrs. Britian. This is a cover up. I went through this with Floyd at ST.Clair school but nothing that involves a handgun. The school was put on lockdown after a child told a teacher that another child had a gun. The teacher went to Mrs. Southerland. My concern is why parents were not told of this and why children were told not to mention it or talk about it. I'm tired of things being covered up. Maybe we should call the Kingsport Times or something. It seems they are the only ones that can get to the botttom of anything that goes on in this county. There was a similiar cover up in Grainger County that ended up with a student calling it in to the news and it ended up being a mess. We should have the right to know what was done and what they are doing to keep this from happening again.
What

West Columbia, SC

#4 Dec 14, 2012
How did we not know this school was on lockdown? I'm so upset!
Yo Mama Obama

United States

#5 Dec 14, 2012
Don't be worried I've got it all under control. I'm going to crack down on gun owners just like they knew I would as soon as I got a chance. It won't make schools any safer but I'll convince all the weak minded fools in this country that school shootings will no longer occur if these new laws are passed.

Praise Allah (thanks Allah for providing a deranged school shooter to help advance my agenda)
What

West Columbia, SC

#6 Dec 14, 2012
Yo Mama Obama wrote:
Don't be worried I've got it all under control. I'm going to crack down on gun owners just like they knew I would as soon as I got a chance. It won't make schools any safer but I'll convince all the weak minded fools in this country that school shootings will no longer occur if these new laws are passed.
Praise Allah (thanks Allah for providing a deranged school shooter to help advance my agenda)
That is so true! Sad but true!
Old Man

United States

#7 Dec 14, 2012
OMG wrote:
WHAT!!?? My kids go there also and I agree, we parents should be notified!! Nothing is safe anymore...nothing.
Nothing has ever been "safe" and never will be. This is simply the way life is. Any kind of perceived safety is merely an illusion created by wishful thinking.
Lockdown

Morristown, TN

#8 Dec 14, 2012
My son goes there and I just asked him what he knew and he confirmed school was on lockdown and his class was told the reason was that another student had brought a gun to school and it was discovered it was a bb gun, regardless I am outraged that parents were not informed and it is very worrisome knowing that if a bb gun was smuggled in how easily it could have been a much more dangerous gun, on the other side of the coin however, thank God for the student who cared enough to tell an adult.
Hindsight

Kingsport, TN

#9 Dec 14, 2012
Lockdown wrote:
My son goes there and I just asked him what he knew and he confirmed school was on lockdown and his class was told the reason was that another student had brought a gun to school and it was discovered it was a bb gun, regardless I am outraged that parents were not informed and it is very worrisome knowing that if a bb gun was smuggled in how easily it could have been a much more dangerous gun, on the other side of the coin however, thank God for the student who cared enough to tell an adult.
Smuggle? Does your child carry a backpack? Use your head and stop being so damn dramatic.
duh

Boiling Springs, SC

#10 Dec 14, 2012
This is alarming given another out if stare school had a shooting happened today in which many precious lives were taken.

Scary scary evening was bb gun
Know

Fayetteville, NC

#11 Dec 14, 2012
I guess the students were "told not to talk about it" is because the gun-toting kid belongs to somebody who knows somebody or knows something on somebody, so it was kept under wraps. That would have made regional news if it had been reported. Thank God for Topix or we wouldn't know about this. Call a Tri Cities tv station and give them a tip. That is deplorable that a school teaches kids to "keep a secret" from his or her parent.
Parent

Kingsport, TN

#12 Dec 14, 2012
If it were just a bb gun, it would've been mentioned to the public. This school is hiding information to cover something up. My children told me it was his fathers gun. This just doesn't add up! My children also said that during lockdown, they had to continue taking their test. These teachers are supposed to protect our children. They should've allowed our children to call their parents on their cell phones. I'm outraged and these school officials need more than a slap on the wrist!
worried parent

Morristown, TN

#13 Dec 14, 2012
Hindsight wrote:
<quoted text>
Smuggle? Does your child carry a backpack? Use your head and stop being so damn dramatic.
I guess you wouldn't think it was so dramatic if what happened in Conn today happened to your child, I think "lockdown" was trying to say that if a parent allowed a child to bring a bb gun to school it would have been just as easy for a disturbed child or adult to bring one into the school, the point is no one is ever safe anywhere,but i for one believe that better policies need to be put in place to make our schools as safe as possible, but hothead dumbas@### like you make it hard for officials to enforce anything, i imagine you are one of those parents who get pissed off when one of the school rules inconvenience you in some way while picking up or child etc. unless of course it was your brat who thought it was a good idea to bring a bb gun to school in that case the apple doesn't fall far from the tree
Fred

Knoxville, TN

#14 Dec 14, 2012
The gun was a air soft type bb gun. When the school staff was notified that a student had a gun, the did as they should and locked down the school and investigated. When they found out the gun was not real, lockdown was released. The child had been staying with a relative where he was playing with the gun. He wanted to take it home with him so he just put it in his pack. There was never any criminal intent, and was handled per school policies. They are not allowed by policy and law to tell what punishments they give children. No cover up. Officers were notified and went to the school. Everyone thinks that everything is a cover up. The reason you dont have news articles is to protect the identity of the child. A child made a mistake and issue was handled by the school system.
thank you

Morristown, TN

#15 Dec 14, 2012
Fred wrote:
The gun was a air soft type bb gun. When the school staff was notified that a student had a gun, the did as they should and locked down the school and investigated. When they found out the gun was not real, lockdown was released. The child had been staying with a relative where he was playing with the gun. He wanted to take it home with him so he just put it in his pack. There was never any criminal intent, and was handled per school policies. They are not allowed by policy and law to tell what punishments they give children. No cover up. Officers were notified and went to the school. Everyone thinks that everything is a cover up. The reason you dont have news articles is to protect the identity of the child. A child made a mistake and issue was handled by the school system.
Thank you for the info this makes sense and eases my mind i agree if this was the case that everything was handled properly
relieved

Morristown, TN

#16 Dec 14, 2012
Thanks
hyuf

Knoxville, TN

#17 Dec 14, 2012
BULLS GAP — No criminal charges were filed against a Hawkins County sixth-grader who brought a BB pistol to Bulls Gap School Tuesday, although he was suspended under the school system’s zero tolerance policy.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said the sixth-grader is a special needs student who didn’t realize the BB pistol was in his backpack.

“That young man had spent the night with his buddy,” Lawson said.“He took his stuff to school with him and it had a BB gun in his backpack and didn’t even realize it. He didn’t intend to bring it to school. He just had his clothes and the BB pistol and planned to take it home after school, and didn’t even think anything about it.”

Another student apparently noticed the BB pistol, which looks like a real firearm, and reported it to school officials.

Director of Schools Charlotte Britton said the school was placed under lockdown.

A search was conducted, and the BB pistol was located.

“The student who reported did the right thing in telling school authorities,” Britton said.“Evidently it must have resembled a (firearm) for another student to report it.(The reporting student said he/she) thought the other student was carrying a gun. The school went into immediate lockdown, which is the procedure always followed, and a search immediately took place.”

The Hawkins County School System’s zero tolerance policy calls for a student to be expelled for a period of no less than one calendar year.

The director of schools does, however, have the authority to modify the expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Appeals regarding zero tolerance offenses must be submitted to the director of schools in writing, and requests can be made by the student and/or parent to attend the alternative school.

Lawson said the BB gun was turned over to the student’s parent, and no charges were filed because there was no intent for wrongdoing.

“He’s special needs, and he didn’t realize what he was doing was wrong,” Lawson said.“It’s an unfortunate situation.”
Answers

Johnson City, TN

#18 Dec 14, 2012
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BULLS GAP — No criminal charges were filed against a Hawkins County sixth-grader who brought a BB pistol to Bulls Gap School Tuesday, although he was suspended under the school system’s zero tolerance policy.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said the sixth-grader is a special needs student who didn’t realize the BB pistol was in his backpack.

“That young man had spent the night with his buddy,” Lawson said.“He took his stuff to school with him and it had a BB gun in his backpack and didn’t even realize it. He didn’t intend to bring it to school. He just had his clothes and the BB pistol and planned to take it home after school, and didn’t even think anything about it.”

Another student apparently noticed the BB pistol, which looks like a real firearm, and reported it to school officials.

Director of Schools Charlotte Britton said the school was placed under lockdown.

A search was conducted, and the BB pistol was located.

“The student who reported did the right thing in telling school authorities,” Britton said.“Evidently it must have resembled a (firearm) for another student to report it.(The reporting student said he/she) thought the other student was carrying a gun. The school went into immediate lockdown, which is the procedure always followed, and a search immediately took place.”

The Hawkins County School System’s zero tolerance policy calls for a student to be expelled for a period of no less than one calendar year.
PiCkLe

Kingsport, TN

#19 Dec 14, 2012
WhO?
A Local

Kingsport, TN

#20 Dec 14, 2012
Let's be realistic about this. Those airsoft pistols are almost completely harmless, you can shoot right into your hand and it stings but that's it. Yeah, you can put an eye out with them, but you can also do that hitting another kid with a tree branch that fell onto the playground, which is something that happens. There was never any more of a risk here than if a tree branch had blown on to the campus, and calling out the national guard for a tree branch is obviously ludicrous.

It's obvious this was handled properly.

When my parents went to school they brought a hunting rifle with them, as did most of their classmates.

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