JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A Jacksboro Middle School student was taken into custody on Tuesday after taking a gun to school. According to a Campbell County Sheriff’s Department press release, the incident occurred on Monday, Oct. 26.
After school was dismissed for the day at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Campbell County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer was contacted by a school system employee regarding a report that a student potentially possessed a firearm on school grounds.
According to the sheriff’s report, a concerned parent had contacted the school after their child reported another student made claims of possessing a firearm and marijuana.
An investigation found that three students were waiting for a ride after school when another student made these claims. Following these claims, one student left but two other students remained in the area. The student then opened his backpack and showed the two remaining students a firearm, described as a silver revolver.
School Resource Division Sgt. Wayne Barton and Deputy Brian Osborn continued the investigation at the home of the juvenile reported to have a gun. A caregiver was present at the home and confirmed the presence of firearms in the home but none matching the description of the reported firearm.
After gaining permission to speak with the student and permission to view the backpack that was carried to school that day, investigators discovered the remains of marijuana shake and a single .32 caliber bullet. Investigators were unable to locate a matching firearm.
The student’s father was informed to keep the juvenile home from school on Oct. 27, pending a meeting with school administration officials.
Around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the father arrived at school with the juvenile student to meet with school administrators. During the meeting with school administration and Deputy Brian Osborn, the father was very cooperative and reported that that juvenile student had admitted where he had obtained the firearm, where the firearm was now located and who he showed the firearm to.
During this meeting, the student admitted that he had brought the firearm to school the previous day, the firearm had been placed in a trashcan outside of his personal residence, and he gave the names of the students that he had shown the firearm to.
Statements were obtained from all witnesses who viewed the firearm. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Osborn then went to the personal residence of the student and took possession of the weapon.
Following the investigation, the student was taken into custody and transported to Scott County Juvenile Detention Facility. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/29/2020-4PM)