Two Hillwood High School students were arrested at 9 a.m. this morning after Metro police recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun inside a 16-year-old female’s purse.
According to police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford, a 17-year-old male ninth-grade student originally showed other students the gun on the bus while riding to school.
“A student tip led to the identification of the 17-year-old as possibly having a gun,” Mumford said. “When he was searched, no gun was found, so officers reviewed the surveillance tapes inside the school and developed several locations where he had been.
“They went to a classroom, and in searching the classroom, located the gun inside a 16-year-old girl’s purse,” Mumford said. “He had made efforts to hand the gun off to other students prior to going into that classroom. The other students had said no."
Both the 16-year-old female and 17-year-old male students have been charged in Juvenile Court with unlawful weapons possession on school property.
Five guns have been confiscated from Metro schools this school year, down from 11 guns last year.