Keiontay Bell

Keiontay Bell has been charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds by Metro Police.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Whites Creek High School student was arrested Thursday morning for carrying a handgun on school grounds, Metro Police announced Thursday afternoon.

Just after 7 a.m. school staff conducted a search after receiving information that the suspect, Keiontay Bell, 18, often carried guns. Staff found a loaded Taurus G-3 9mm handgun in the senior’s backpack along with 17 rounds of ammunition.

According to police, Bell told school staff he took the weapon from a younger child when he previously lived in Columbia, TN, and needed it for protection in his current neighborhood.

Bell was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds.

This was the third gun reported found in a Metro School by police this week and at least the second gun found at Whites Creek High during the current school year.

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