A middle school counselor in Tennessee is being called a hero after talking a teenager into handing over a loaded handgun.
A 14-year-old boy went to Sycamore Middle School late last month asking to speak with counselor Molly Hudgens.
Authorities say he told Hudgens he was having problems and was going to kill teachers and a police officer, but no students; he told her she was the only one who could talk him out of it.
Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove said that after they talked for 45 minutes in Hudgens’ office, the boy agreed to hand over the loaded semi-automatic handgun he had hidden under his clothing. He was taken into custody without injury.
A version of this article appeared in the October 12, 2016 edition of Education Week as Counselor Gets Student To Hand Over Weapon