Cumberland County sixth-grader arrested after bringing gun to school

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A student at Pleasant Hill Elementary School was arrested after bringing a handgun to school.

According to a release from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, a sixth-grader took a gun to school and showed it to other students, who told school officials at around 2:00 p.m.

The school resource officer, Jim Higgins, made contact with the student in less than one minute after learning of the situation, officials said.

According to the press release, an unloaded, small caliber handgun was taken from the student, and the student was taken into custody without incident. The sixth-grader was charged with attempted aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on school property.

The student is being held in custody pending a hearing on Monday.

The sheriff's office said parents were notified by various school messenger apps from the school system as soon as possible. "There was no need to conduct lockdown protocol due to the swift action of the SRO and the immediate containment of the situation."

The investigation is ongoing.