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Molly Bradley Hudgens
School Counselor - Sycamore Middle School
Molly Bradley Hudgens is in her twentieth year as an educator in the Cheatham County School System where she works as a school counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. In addition to her counseling role, Mrs. Hudgens is also a member of SMS’s Crisis Management and Response Team and the Cheatham County School System’s Safety Team. She has also served as a trainer for the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department.
After a personal experience in college, her interest in violence prevention and safety sparked a desire to educate others who work with intervening in the lives of potentially violent teenagers. Her in-depth study on school shootings and the teenagers who commit these acts, “Recognizing Red Flags,” has been utilized to train professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement, juvenile probation, and juvenile court. The training focuses on understanding the three types of school shooters and how to use threat assessment tools as an intervention to prevent violent acts in a school and community setting.
Mrs. Hudgens put her training to use on September 28, 2016, when she talked a student with a loaded handgun out of committing a mass shooting at Sycamore Middle School. The 2004-2005 and 2016-2017 Sycamore Middle School and Cheatham County Middle School Teacher of the Year, became a Congressional Medal of Honor Citizens Honor recipient for a Single Act of Heroism from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in March of 2017. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Tennessee School Counseling Association’s Phoebe White Award for Excellence in School Counseling. She is the owner of Molly B. Hudgens Communications and is a motivational speaker as well as a violence prevention specialist. Molly resides in Ashland City, Tennessee, with her husband Jason, and two sons, Bradley and Henry.