Sheriff: School counselor convinces student to hand over gun

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (AP) – A middle-school counselor in Tennessee is being called a hero after talking a teenager into handing over a loaded handgun.

Media outlets report that a 14-year-old boy went to Sycamore Middle School Wednesday asking to speak with counselor Molly Hudgens. He said he was having problems and was going to kill teachers and a police officer. 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 talking for 45 minutes, he agreed to hand over the loaded semi-automatic handgun. The sheriff says Hudgens is “amazingly brave.”

The boy has been jailed on charges of possessing a gun and making threats.