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District responds after unloaded gun found at middle school

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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Lexington School District 4 has issued a statement after a student took an unloaded gun to a Gaston middle school last week. 

According to the incident report taken by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the gun was found at Frances Mack Intermediate School Friday afternoon. 

The incident report says the student was showing the .380 caliber handgun to other students.

When school officials were notified of the gun, they first searched the student's backpack and didn't find it. The incident report says the gun was found in another student's backpack. School officials say the student had asked other students to hide the gun in their backpacks.

When questioned, the student told investigators the gun had fallen into his backpack "before school and he didn't know what to do with it."

The student's mother told investigators the gun belonged to her, according to the incident report. The student was released to the mother's custody. 

Frances Mack is in Lexington School District Four. 

On Thursday the school district issued this statement:

 The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and the situation on Friday was handled immediately by the administration and law enforcement in accordance with the District's established safety procedures.  Matters involving weapons are handled pursuant to Lexington Four disciplinary policy and state law.  In that regard, the District is not able to comment on any action taken with respect to any individual students.

The District takes seriously any potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of our students and employees.  To that end, we encourage our students to be active citizens who value the school community. We have avenues in place for students to report any concerns or issues, and we encourage parents to speak with their children about safety and the importance of sharing information with a teacher or administrator if they become aware of any potential threats in their schools.  We will continue to monitor our schools and school sponsored events to maintain a safe environment for our students, employees, and their families.  

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