Authorities are investigating after a student brought an unloaded handgun to Sparkman High School Wednesday morning.
Tim Hall, a Madison County Schools spokesman, says the administration and school resource officer acted quickly and secured the gun from the 16-year-old student's backpack.
The student was taken into custody and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The Madison County Sheriff's Office says the student was taken to the Neaves Davis Center for Children.
"Everything we preach every single day to these kids, it worked today," Brent Patterson with MCSO said.
According to the sheriff's office, school resource officers at Sparkman High School received an anonymous tip from a student that another student at the school had a handgun.
"Our SRO's are investigators themselves, they jump into action, and they know these schools better than anyone," Patterson said.
Hall says the school notified parents about the incident.
Mother of two young kids, Tiffany Wozniak was shocked to hear about the incident. She lives in the neighborhood across from the high school.
"Just to know that when they get older, stuff that this is still happening, and like you said, we're right here, and that's scary," Wozniak said.
She is relieved the district can afford a SRO for each campus, and two at Sparkman High.
"It is so good and comforting to know that there is somebody right there," Wozniak said. "Right when you need them, in circumstances like that."