Student charged after loaded pistol found in backpack on 1st day of middle school in Lancaster County

Any student caught in possession of a firearm is subject to a full calendar year expulsion from school under state law.
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Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 3:53 PM EDT
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LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - An eighth-grade middle school student has been charged and detained after a pistol was found in his backpack on the first day of school.

A nine mm semiautomatic pistol was found in the South Middle School student’s backpack following a tip.

A round was not shot but another person saw the pistol and immediately reported the matter to the school resource officer.

The male student was taken out of class and detained. The pistol was recovered and made safe. The student did not point the pistol at anyone or make any threats to use it.

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He will be charged through the Department of Juvenile Justice with carrying a weapon on school property and other charges are possible.

The student will appear before a Family Court judge later this week. At that time the judge will determine whether the juvenile is detained pending disposition of the case.

He is currently being held at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Columbia.

Any student caught in possession of a firearm is subject to a full calendar year expulsion from school under state law.

“This was a rocky start to the school year at South Middle,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We are investigating where this young man got the pistol and why he brought it to school. I cannot stress enough ‘if you see something, say something’, and my hat is off to the person who quickly reported this incident.”

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers.

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