Monday, August 25 2014, 06:47 PM EDT
Student Charged For Bringing BB Gun to Football Game
Police are charging a 17-year-old Sequatchie County High School student after he told Dunlap police he brought a BB gun to his high school football game Friday after he was threatened by another student.
We also learned late Monday afternoon that school officials say the student will be expelled for a year as punishment.
Even though it was a BB gun, school officials told us Monday that they want no type of weapon on school grounds.
"Luckily, it was just a BB gun, but it could have been a lot worse," said resident Jimmy Tolbert.
Jimmy Tolbert shares the opinion of many parents and residents in Dunlap. Many say Sequatchie County High School's first football game ended with a larger concern about safety.
"You can see it and not know that it's a BB gun, then everyone panics and then, oh yeah it would be a big deal," said resident Bobby Fullford.
Police became aware of the teen having the BB gun after reports of the 17-year-old showing off the gun at the game.
"Obviously the right way to handle that is if you're threatened is to come find an officer, and not bring a BB gun to a football game or any other place," said Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth.
"I think any weapon on campus is unacceptable, no matter if it's explosive or what size a knife is," said Pete Swafford, Assistant Superintendent of schools.
School board officials told us Monday that this falls under the school's Zero Tolerance policy - which is normally designed for more dangerous weapons, firearms, and drugs.
School officials wouldn't say what grade the student is in.
We got mixed reactions about the seriousness of this issue.
"Nowadays they look like the real thing, so that would scare anybody to see a kid pull that out," said resident Cindy Failla.
"If it was a real gun it would be a big deal. But, I don't think you can kill somebody with a BB gun. You can injure them maybe," said resident Jim Atkinson.
School board officials tell NewsChannel 9 they're always reviewing their security policy to ensure the safety of everyone. As for the 17-year-old, he's due in juvenile court next month on a charge of carrying a weapon on school property.