Student brought airsoft gun to middle school in Anderson Co.

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) — A student is in trouble after bringing an airsoft gun to school.

It happened Wednesday morning at McCants Middle School.

The student showed off the airsoft gun to other students, according to Kyle Newton, spokesman for Anderson School District 5.

A student told a school administrator who notified the school resource officer (SRO). 

The officer took the gun and detained the student, Newton said.

Students’ parents were notified about the incident.

7 News was provided a copy of the email that parents received:

Dear Parents:

This morning at McCants, a student showed what appeared to be a gun to other students at the bus stop.  When students arrived at school, they reported this to administration.  Administration and our SRO detained the student and his bookbag.  Inside the bookbag was an “airsoft” pistol that shoots small pellets.  The gun was not real.  However, the matter is still serious and will be handled as such.  No one was in any danger at any time.  We just wanted all parents to know about this situation.  If you have any questions, please email me at sheilahilton@anderson5.net or call me McCants at 864-260-5145.

Sheila Hilton, Interim Principal

Newton said the student will have a disciplinary hearing.

Anderson police say the airsoft pistol was found in the 13-year-old student’s backpack. He was released into the custody of his parents.

Police say the SRO is consutling with the state Department of Juvenile Justice about possible charges.

“This could technically be a weapons charge. However, the official charges have not been determined at this time,” Lt. Tony Tilley with Anderson Police Department explained. 

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