Superintendent Patrick Williams said that through cooperation of witnesses and Smyrna police, the weapon that a student had in school March 6 was determined to be a CO2-propelled BB handgun.
A Smyrna High School student has been arrested on charges including carrying a concealed deadly weapon and terroristic threatening after bringing a BB handgun to the school.
Smyrna School District Superintendent Patrik Williams emailed a press release today about the investigation of a report that a student had a handgun at Smyrna High School March 6.
Williams said at about 4 p.m., March 6, after students had been dismissed, the administration of Smyrna High School received a phone call from a concerned adult family member in the community.
"This adult family member reported that a student new this year to our district had a concealed handgun while in the high school that day," Williams said in the press release.
The administration asked the adult family member to come to Smyrna High School that evening to a meeting in conjunction with the Smyrna Police Department. The adult family member agreed and voluntarily brought her high school-aged family member who reportedly had seen the alleged handgun.
During the meeting, the Smyrna Police Department determined that two other high school students possessed information that could corroborate this account, so those students' families were contacted. These two other families also agreed to voluntarily meet at Smyrna High School the evening of March 6 to provide additional information.
At the conclusion of all the interviews, Smyrna police determined that the information was credible, Williams said.
A search warrant was executed at the home of the student in question, resulting in the recovery of the reported weapon within just a few hours of the initial report.
The weapon identified in the report and confiscated by the Smyrna Police Department on March 6 is a CO2-propelled BB handgun, Williams said.
"A special 'thank you' goes out to our three Smyrna families and the Smyrna Police Department whose combined efforts helped us to close the investigation before the end of the night on March 6," said Williams.
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Smyrna police said the 15-year-old male suspect allegedly showed a handgun to other students during the school day and threatened to shoot a student during an argument in the cafeteria.
The suspect was taken into custody at his residence without incident and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a weapon in a school safety zone, and terroristic threatening, police said.
The suspect was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7 where he was committed to a residential juvenile detention facility in lieu of $5,000 secured bond while awaiting another court appearance.
The BB gun recovered is the only weapon investigators believe to have been possessed on school grounds and matches the weapon seen by witnesses.
Police said no outstanding risk to the school district or any of its students/employees exists at this time.
"The Smyrna Police Department would like thank and commend the school district for their quick action and team work in this incident which led to a successful conclusion before the end of the day," said Smyrna Police Cpl. Brian Donner.