We publish the following from Rutherford County Schools:

This James Evans with Rutherford County Schools and we want to keep you informed about an incident we addressed this morning at Riverdale High School.

A 17-year-old male student at Riverdale was found in possession of an unloaded 380-caliber handgun and ammunition this morning at the school. The school received a phone tip about the student possibly having a gun, which is what led to the investigation. The student was immediately searched and the gun was confiscated without incident.

The student will be charged criminally and has been removed from the school.

We followed our safety procedures and all students are safe. We are sending you this message because we want to keep parents informed and to address any rumors before they begin. We place a high value on student safety and we are very proud of our students, employees and SROs for following the safety procedures we have in place for these types of unfortunate events.

Thank you for your time and please let us know if you have any questions.

James Evans
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Rutherford County Schools
2240 Southpark Drive
Murfreesboro, TN
Twitter: @rucoschools