NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A ninth grader is facing a criminal charge after he was found with a loaded gun on a school campus.

The incident happened at Hunters Lane High School in Nashville on Monday.

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Metro police say school officials received an anonymous tip that the student had a firearm.

The 14-year-old was removed from class and a loaded .22 caliber handgun was recovered from the glove compartment of a vehicle in which he was given a ride to school.

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The student reportedly admitted to taking his family member’s gun from home without permission. He told authorities that he needed the gun for protection.

The student is now facing a charge of carrying a gun on a school campus.