15-year-old brought gun to school for protection after bathroom brawl, mother says

TATE COUNTY, Miss. — A Tate County mother says her 15-year-old son felt like he had to bring a gun to school for protection Wednesday.

Her son was arrested at Independence High School and charged as an adult.

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The sheriff says school officials acted quickly after getting information the student had a gun.

FOX13 spoke to the mother of the student charged with bringing the gun to school. She shared what led up to the incident.

“I have been told these fights go on every day in the bathroom,” Kimberly Gardner told FOX13. “My son was traumatized and embarrassed. So just want everybody to know what led up to it.”

Gardner said her son was badly beaten in a bathroom brawl Tuesday. She says that’s why he brought the gun to school a day later.

Reliable sources told FOX13 that school officials were alerted to chatter on social media that the 15-year-old, whose name we are not releasing because of his age, had the gun in school.

The sheriff wouldn’t verify that because the case is still under investigation.

“Whoever told the school officials or whether the school officials came across it themselves, someone had to provide that information, and whoever that person is saved the day,” Gardner said.

Sheriff Brad Lance says the gun was found in the student’s backpack, and the clip with two bullets in it was in his pocket.

Gardner said she doesn’t know where her son got the gun because she doesn’t own one.

“I in no way justify my son having the gun,” she said. “I just want the public to be aware of the circumstances that led up to that and what would keep it from happening again if these gladiator fights continue to happen in the bathroom.”

FOX13 reached out to Tate County Schools for comment. This story will be updated when we head back.

The 15-year-old is charged with one count of possession of a firearm on school property.