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Tennessee counselor talks student down from school shooting

Posted: 9:43 AM, Sep 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-29 18:27:31Z

A school counselor was able to talk a student out of committing a shooting in Tennessee after he allegedly came to campus with a loaded gun.

Cheatham County Sheriff’s officials said a 14-year-old boy showed up at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee Wednesday with the intent to kill teachers and a police officer — but not any students. 

He reportedly asked to speak with Molly Hudgens, a counselor at the school, and started asking questions that alarmed her.

As the conversation progressed, she asked him if he had a gun to which he allegedly replied yes and claimed he was having various problems. 

The teen reportedly said he came to her so she could talk him out of it. She talked with him for at least 45 minutes and was able to convince him to hand her the gun.

Investigators said he was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and had it under his shirt. 

The teen was taken into custody and charged with carrying and possession of a weapon on school property and communicating a threat concerning a school employee.