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Williamson County Schools (WCS) sent a notification Wednesday morning to parents that a student got on a bus this morning with something that looked like a gun. A WCS bus driver alerted police who determined that it was a “Nerf” type gun and was no threat.

“It is our understanding that we have some students playing the ‘assassin’ game which involves using these ‘Nerf’ type weapons.The school bus and the bus stop are extensions of our school, and these games are not supported by Williamson County Schools. These fake guns cannot be brought onto school property,” reads the notification.

WCS reminds families that “any student bringing a weapon, fake or real, on a bus or to school will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, that student will face school discipline. We have the full support of law enforcement and the juvenile court system.”

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy last week, WCS was closed Monday in order for employees to review safety procedures. WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney notified parents of some changes they would notice immediately at schools, including:

  • Photo ID required of all visitors during school day
  • Standardize building entry, sign-in and guest tracking
  • All school/district personnel will wear identification badge
  • Exterior doors will be secure to limit building access points. This includes a prohibition on temporarily propping doors open
  • SRO’s will be visible with more campus walks/checks

A community meeting regarding security will be held March 6 at Church of the City in Franklin at 6:30pm. Church of the City is located at 828 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37064.

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