SMYRNA — A 14-year-old Smyrna Middle School student turned over a loaded firearm while “suffering a mental health crisis” Wednesday, authorities said.
A Smyrna Police Department school resource officer recovered the firearm, which the student told a staff member he had concealed, spokesman Lt. Brian Donner said. The incident was reported at approximately noon, and the school district said it was quickly determined that no other student or weapon was involved.
According to a news release from Smyrna police, the student, from Camden, “was placed in protective custody and transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.”
Also, police said charges were pending a further investigation.
Smyrna Superintendent Patrik Williams said the school didn’t go into lockdown or into an altered state at any point. Parents were notified via mass phone calls and emails, as well as by information posted on the district and school webpages, he said.