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Knox Co. school security officer accused of being reckless with gun at school

6:03 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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The Superintendent of Knox County Schools recently announced he wants to increase safety with an armed security officer at every school.

Right now, one of those officers already on campus has been reprimanded for an incident involving his own gun at a Knoxville high school.

According to his personnel file, Joseph T. Odom, 28, who was promoted to a full-time security officer in August 2011, was accused of being reckless with his gun at school.

The incident happened in November 2012 at Bearden High School. The written reprimand in Odom's file says "Sometime around the week of November 12th... Officer Odom did remove his duty weapon from his holster in a reckless manner."

The report goes on to say Odom admitted to "a foolish mistake in judgment" and expressed regret for his poor choice.

Odom is a licensed security officer with training in firearms. The reprimand says Knox County Schools ordered him to receive additional training. It says Odom was told if another infraction of this type happens, he will be fired.

Odom is no longer at Bearden High School. Knox County Schools would not say where he is now assigned.

The reprimand was written by Knox County Schools Chief Security Officer Steven Griffin. He is now on suspension himself while the district investigates Griffin's relationship with a security contractor.

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