'Hero' School Counselor Convinces Teen to Hand Over Gun

'She did something even the most experienced law enforcement officer might not do'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 29, 2016 4:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – A middle-school counselor in Tennessee is being called a hero after talking a teenager into handing over a loaded handgun, the AP reports. Media outlets report that a 14-year-old boy went to Sycamore Middle School Wednesday asking to speak with counselor Molly Hudgens. Authorities say he told her 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. And so she did. Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove said Thursday that after they talked for 45 minutes in her office, the boy agreed to hand over the loaded semi-automatic handgun he had hidden under his clothing.

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"She was an amazingly brave person to be in there that long with this young man," Breedlove said. "She did something even the most experienced law enforcement officer might not do. She's a hero in our community." The boy was taken into custody without injury, and has not been identified. He is being held in Williamson County Jail on charges of possessing a weapon on school property and threatening school employees. The sheriff did not say how the student got the gun or what problems prompted the threats. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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