A 16-year-old male student at William Blount High School was taken into custody last Tuesday by the Blount County Sheriffs Office after a loaded gun was found in a bathroom off the Commons area at William Blount High School. The gun was never discharged, and no one was injured.
At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, William Blount High School Resource Officers Buddy Kemper and Jimmy Yoakum were notified by school personnel that a male student was seen with a handgun in his pocket. The school immediately went into lockdown mode for approximately 45 minutes while officers conducted a thorough search of the school. The officers’ investigation led them to the suspect student. Witnesses revealed to Sheriff’s Officers Lisa Hoard and Jeff French that the weapon, a .22-calibre revolver, was hidden in a ceiling tile in the bathroom.
Eleven additional Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the school during lockdown.
“Our crisis team management worked the way it was supposed to work,” said Capt. Jimmy Long. “We react to each and every rumor we hear. Thank God we were able to step in before anything happened.”
The student was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

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