Police: 6th grader brought gun to school, threatened to shoot student

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A sixth grader is accused of bringing a pistol to school and threatening to shoot another student, according to Nashville Metro Police.

Acting on a student’s tip, administrators at LEAD Prep Southeast found a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the 11-year-old’s backpack, WSMV reports.

Police said the child threatened to shoot another student if he told adults about the weapon.

The weapon was not loaded and police did not find any ammunition.

The 11-year-old has been placed in juvenile detention and faces weapon and assault charges.

An investigation is underway to determine where the child got the pistol.