Red Bank High School student arrested, charged after handgun is found

Red Bank High School student arrested, charged after handgun is found

Police presence increased at school after a firearm is confiscated from a student

February 20th, 2019 by Rosana Hughes and Meghan Mangrum in Breaking News

This story was updated Feb. 20, 2019, at 4:53 p.m. with more information.

A Red Bank High School student was arrested Wednesday after a handgun was confiscated from the student.

Another student reported to personnel at the school that the suspected student had a weapon at school, prompting the school's resource officer to investigate and recover the weapon from the suspected student.

The student in possession of the firearm was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. The student was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and theft/possession of stolen property.

Students were kept in their classrooms while the search was underway, but the school was not under any sort of lockdown, according to Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley.

Hensley did not provide details of the type of weapon that was found. He directed those questions to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, which later identified the weapon as a handgun.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's department and school officials investigated an anonymous threat to the school that was reported by students and parents.

Hensley declined to answer whether the weapon confiscated today was related to yesterday's investigation. It is unclear if the same students are involved.

There will be increased law enforcement and administrative presence at the school this afternoon as an additional precautionary measure, but dismissal will not be affected, Hensley said.

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