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Seventh-grader brings gun to school for protection

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

SALEM — A teen who brought a gun to school told authorities he needed it for protection.

Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely said the 13-year-old male brought the pistol to West Limestone High School on Wednesday.

The teen is a seventh-grader. West Limestone is a K-12 school.

"He claims a kid threatened him, and it's a kid who has pulled a knife on his brother before," Blakely said. "The 13-year-old was going to point a gun at the kid, if the kid jumped him."

Blakely said the gun was unloaded.

The teen had the gun in his book bag. The gun fell out and another student saw it and told a teacher, Blakely said.

The Sheriff's Department charged the student with carrying a concealed weapon and transferred him to the juvenile detention center in Tuscumbia.

The student is on suspension, and the Board of Education will hold an expulsion hearing.

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