Handgun found in student’s backpack Thursday at Fort Dorchester High School

Dorchester County News

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A handgun was found inside a student’s bag at Fort Dorchester High School on Thursday.

Officials with Dorchester District Two say a security officer at the high school was searching a student’s book bag when they found the weapon. The gun was not loaded at the time it was found.

“The situation was immediately reported to law enforcement who removed the student from campus,” DD2 officials said. “There was no disruption of school operations and no threat to the safety of students or staff.”

A report from the North Charleston Police Department shows the student was caught vaping inside a school restroom. After they were taken to administrator offices and asked if they had anything else that should not be in school, the student ran out of the office and into the hallway.

He later admitted to an SRO that he had a gun. Two magazines were also located inside the backpack, one of which was loaded with 6 rounds, the other was not loaded.

District leaders say appropriate disciplinary actions which line up with district policies, along with state and federal regulations, will be taken against the student.

School administration praised the quick action of security staff and the SRO in handling this situation.

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