SMS counselor publishes book

Sycamore Middle School counselor Molly Hudgens recently released the book, “Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting that Never Happened.”

On Sept. 28, 2016, Hudgens was in her office at SMS when a student armed with a semiautomatic handgun and an additional magazine of ammunition came to her in the counseling department. His plan was to kill people on campus. He told Hudgens she was the only person who could talk him out of it.

After 90 minutes of talking with the young man, and ultimately praying on her knees with him, he relinquished the gun with no shots fired and no lives lost.

In this memoir, Hudgens, who has worked with the Cheatham County School District for 21 years, shares the story of that day and the 39 years and 364 days leading up to it that prepared her for the day. 

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Stone Bridge Books and Gifts, 116 N. Main St. in Ashland City, is hosting a book signing from noon to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, The Livery Stables, 1104 Main St. in Pleasant View, is hosting a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon.

The book was published by Dave Burgess Publishing, a leading publisher in the education field.