BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – This morning the Goose Creek Police Department school resource officer assigned to Stratford High School was notified by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office that a student may be armed with a handgun from a recent break-in.
The officer located the student and brought him to the office and a school administrator was summoned in order to conduct a search at which time the student fled the school. A loaded handgun was subsequently located in the student’s bookbag, according to Major John Grainger with the Goose Creek Police Department.
It is unclear if the student is armed at this time, Grainger added.
The school resource officer pursued the student and lost sight of him near Alliance Drive, Grainger stated. Additional units were requested and established a perimeter.
Stratford High School was placed in lockdown as a precautionary measure to ensure student safety, according to Public Information Officer Katie Orvin.
A canine tracked toward Quoizel but lost scent.
The student has been identified and that the student is a 16-year-old male at this time.