NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Whites Creek High School student was arrested Thursday morning for carrying a gun on campus.
Metro police say just after 7 a.m. school staff searched the backpack of 18-year-old Keiontay Bell after being notified that Bell often carried guns. Inside Bell’s backpack, staff members found a loaded Taurus G-3 9mm handgun, along with 17 rounds of ammunition.
Bell told staff members he took the weapon from a younger child when he lived in Columbia, Tennessee. Bell claimed he needed the gun for protection in his current neighborhood, according to police.
Bell was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds.