Franklin County

Franklin middle school locked down after student found with handgun

A Bondurant Middle School student was taken into custody Friday after he brought a pellet gun and a knife to school, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.

The student, a 14-year-old boy who is in eighth grade, was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, two counts of receiving stolen property, and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, Melton said.

Deputies confiscated the pellet gun, which looked like a .45-caliber handgun, and a hunting knife with a 4-to-6-inch-long blade, Melton said. No one was hurt.

The school was placed on precautionary lockdown from 10:17 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. Friday after a school resource deputy received information that a student had a handgun in his waistband, a news release said.

During lockdown, no one may leave or enter the school, and no one may leave or enter individual classrooms.

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