LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 15-year-old Airport High School student is being held by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice after school administrators found an unloaded handgun in his backpack on Tuesday.
The administrators became aware of the student possibly having a gun at school on Tuesday morning, according to deputies. Administrators searched his belongings and discovered a .380 pistol, both .380 and another caliber of ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.
"No one was actually put in harm's way because of other folks stepping in and carrying out the process," Lexington 2 Superintendent, Dr. Bill James said.
The Lexington County school resource officer assigned to Airport High detained the student on a charge of possessing a handgun on school property.
"This is a great example of collaboration between the district and law enforcement and that school community," Captain Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said. "Those relationships are there. They're all very important when it comes to responding to very critical incidents like this one."
The teen, who is not being identified because he's under the age of 17, will appear in Lexington County Family Court at a later date.
The school district is continuing to investigate and administrators say the student likely could face expulsion.