Student to be charged after loaded gun found at North Charleston High School

Charleston County News

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) on Monday announced that a student at North Charleston High School will face charges after bringing a loaded weapon to school.

The incident report details that around noon, a teacher noticed “multiple students… talking about [a] bookbag and pointing at it, and once the class was dismissed for lunch the teacher grabbed the book bag and put it behind the teacher desk.”

The school resource officer and an administrator were called to the classroom to investigate.

The administrator opened the bag and they found “a black and chrome in color Smith & Wesson handgun.”

Other items in the bag included “a pair of slip-on sandals, school paperwork with the suspect’s name handwritten on it, and a right-handed gardening glove.” The report says that everything in the bag was covered in dirt.

The bag was taken into custody and the owner of the bag, a 14-year-old student, was called to the office.

After contacting the student’s mother, the student was handcuffed and mirandized, then officers tried to interview him about the gun. He replied “I don’t know” to all the questions, according to NCPD’s report.

The student is being charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

CCSD said that the school was not placed on lockdown at any point because no direct threat was made, and officials did not believe anyone was in danger at any time as they were able to contain the situation.

Editor’s note: This story is breaking and will be updated.

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