Loaded gun found in student’s backpack at Metro school

Published: May. 26, 2022 at 12:04 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Days after an 18-year-old shot and killed 19 students and two teachers in Texas, Metro Police say a 16-year-old Nashville teen brought a gun to school.

Metro Police say the 16-year-old student at Stratford STEM Magnet school was asked by his teacher to hand over a lighter. When he refused, police say a school resource officer got involved and found a 9-mm pistol in his backpack. On Thursday, the last day of school, students were inside for a half day.

Outside Stratford STEM Magnet School, the flag out front remains at half-staff. A sign of respect for those 21 lives lost in Uvalde. Now, Metro School parents say what happened could have occurred at Stratford on Thursday.

“I just shook my head. Like really?” says Metro School parent Deirdre Orr. “But now it’s so close to home.”

Orr has a 9-year-old son at another Metro school. She says taking him to class this week was already hard enough.

“I didn’t want to let him go,” she says. “I was holding them a little bit tighter as I was letting him go out the door, and he was like, “Mom, I’m ok.”

Metro Schools say this is the 16th gun brought to a school this year. Metro Police say the student got the pistol for protection.

Lauren Michael lives nearby with her two young sons. She says Thursday’s news isn’t unusual for the area.

“We live in a great area,” she says. “But we hear reports all the time of gunshots. There’s a part of it being really sad and unexpected and a part of it not being unexpected. I don’t know which is more devastating.”

“Keeping an eye on everything around here, I’m very concerned,” says Jo Jass, another neighbor in the area.

Jass says for her; that school shootings are too close to home.

“My niece was in the Parkland shooting,” says Jass. “She still has PTSD. She was one of those who got out, and it’s just terrifying. I watch my grandkids like a hawk.”

Jass says students shouldn’t be afraid.

“There should be some kind of security checks and mental health,” she says. “Our kids are suffering, and it’s just horrible.”

Orr hopes we can all find a solution soon.

“What the solution is, I have my personal ideas, but you never know,” she says.

Metro Police Chief John Drake told us that there would be police officers at all 120 Metro schools on the last days of school.

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