Student brings gun to Laurens Co. High School says District 55

LAURENS CO., SC (WSPA) – A student has been charged after bringing a gun to Laurens Co. High School, according to the district.

They say it happened Tuesday, October 11.

Late Tuesday evening a parent of a student at Laurens District 55 High School called a staff member of the school to report that her student had seen a weapon at school that same day, according to the district.

They say the staff member immediately notified the school administration.

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Department says a boy had a weapon on school grounds on Tuesday.

They say that student was not present at school at all on Wednesday, October 12.

Deputies say they went to his home to take to him and he the student told them he had a 22 caliber hand gun at school.

He says he didn’t show anyone the gun and had it in his pocket all day.

They say the gun had been purchased by the boy’s parents.

The student has been charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and unlawful carry of a firearm.

He was transported to Columbia.

Superintendent Stephen G. Peters, Ed.D. released the following statement:

While I am shocked and saddened that this happened in one of our schools, I am so proud of the teamwork shown throughout our community that helped avoid a tragic situation. I applaud the young person who had the courage to tell a parent. I am forever grateful to that parent for caring enough to take action to proactively influence this situation. I am equally proud of the response of the school employee and the administrative team. Furthermore, we are fortunate to live in a community where agencies like the Laurens County Sherriff’s Department work with our district as a team for the betterment of our most precious asset – – our children.
Finally, know beyond a doubt that I represent the entire staff of Laurens County School District 55 when I say that the safety of our students is chief among our list of priorities. It is through teamwork as evidenced throughout this incident that together we can ensure the health and happiness of our children.

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