28th, 2016, a 14 year-old student of Sycamore Middle School requested to speak with Counselor MOLLY HUDGENS, shortly after the first period class. The teenager entered Counselor Hudgens office and started asking various questions that alarmed her. Ms. Hudgens sensed that something was wrong and asked him if he had a gun. The teenager affirmed he did and was holding onto it under his clothing. The young man related he was having various problems.
He advised Ms. Hudgens he was going to kill some Teachers, a Police Officer and not students. He came to her because he indicated she would be the only one to talk him out of it.
Hudgens talked to the teenager for over 45 minutes when she was able to get the young man to relinquish his weapon. He was armed with a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun along with additional ammunition. Because of Ms. Hudgens training and expertise the Cheatham School Administration provided her, she was able to diffuse a potential deadly mass shooting.
Ms. Hudgens single handedly saved the lives of many people and is being recognized as a hero in the community. The School District was in constant communication with the Sheriff’s Office when it was reported. Every step was made to insure no other student was in harm’s way.
The teenager is charged with Carrying and Possession of a Weapon on School Property and Communicating a Threat Concerning a School Employee. He is being held in Williamson County pending the next hearing.
CHEATHAM COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOLLOWS SAFETY PLAN
The Cheatham County School District continues to work with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office following Wednesday’s incident in which a loaded weapon was located at Sycamore Middle
It is important to note that all school personnel took this matter very seriously and acted in a swift manner. The safety and well-being of our students is the district’s top priority. The district followed all necessary procedures and the district’s safety plan was properly utilized.
The district commends the Sycamore Middle School employees and school resource officers on their quick response. As a result of the incident, Sycamore Middle School and Sycamore High School were temporarily placed on lockout status as a precautionary measure.
The district is not aware of any additional threats, and the district has resumed normal day-to-day operations.
The district has followed School Board policy in this case. The policy states, “In accordance with state law, any student who brings or possesses a firearm on school property shall be expelled for a period of not less than one calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.”