Officials investigating how student brought loaded gun into Bessemer City Middle School

How did a student bring loaded gun to Bessemer school?

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - Only a day after a student brought a loaded gun to school, it was pretty much back to normal Friday at Bessemer Middle School.

A grandmother who has two grandchildren at the school tells us parents were shaken by news of the gun at the school.

“They were running high. We were like in panic mode. Anxiety on up high. The fact they found a loaded gun inside a school," said the grandmother, who didn’t want to be identified.

Bessemer police said a tip lead to the discovery of the weapon.

“Young man, a 13-year-old bought gun to school. The gun was loaded, unfortunately. Had it in a backpack. Our SROs was alerted,” Lt. Christian Clemons said.

All Bessemer City Schools have metal detectors. There is also a security check guard. Last year after the school attack in Parkland, FL, the school system made the commitment to make their facilities safe. All students have to pass through the detectors and the checks at the front entrance.

Director of Attendance, Safety and Security Linda Roper Richardson says the investigation is looking at if students coming off buses at another entrance managed to get around the detectors. Parents and other family members are hoping for answers soon.

“Our kids are here to learn, not be traumatized,” the grandmother said.

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