A sixth grader at EK Baker School is being questioned after a handgun was found near the school campus on Wednesday.

According to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy, at around 1:30 p.m., a student was retrieving a ball that had gone over a school fence when he noticed what appeared to be a rusted handgun.

Sheriff Guy says the SRO was notified and found what was described as a "rusted, inoperable, unloaded handgun" located about 20 feet off school campus in a wooded area.

Sheriff Guy says a sixth grader who seemed to have some knowledge of the object was interviewed by school officials.

Sheriff Guy says the student admitted to bringing the gun to school last May to "show it off,” but got scared and threw it over the fence.

The juvenile student was released to a grandmother, and charges will follow in juvenile court.

Sheriff Guy and Director of Schools Lee Parkison both confirmed that at no time were students in any danger, and praised the report of the student who found the handgun, as well as the quick response by the teachers and SRO Deputy Tyler Arrent.

The investigation is ongoing.

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