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A 17-year-old who was stopped by a teacher and arrested by police for illegally entering Munford High School had a gun in his car.

Munford Police Chief Randal Baskin said the boy, who was not a student at Munford and was home-schooled, entered a back door at the school yesterday at approximately 9:20 a.m. while classes were changing.

“The teacher monitoring the door immediately noticed he didn’t have his lanyard and took him to the side,” Baskin said. “There was no confrontation.”

All Munford High School students are required to wear a lanyard with their photo and name.

He was arrested for trespassing and a search of his car in the parking lot found a pistol “buried in the trunk,” according to Baskin.

Baskin said more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.

The boy said he was on campus looking for a relative.

Dr. Courtney Fee, Munford High School's principal, said the intruder was stopped “within feet” after entering the building and that a student also informed an adult of his presence.

“Munford High School faculty and students did exactly as they were trained, reporting to the administration and police immediately,” said Fee.

Fee said a Munford Police officer was already on campus and responded to the situation.

"Classes continued as normal because of the prompt handling of the incident," Fee said.

Last September a former Munford High student named Kyle Gonzales entered the school through a back door, walked into a classroom and pulled out a Juul, which is an electronic nicotine device system similar to a vape pen. He was arrested and charged with trespassing and aggravated burglary. He did not have any weapons.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email​