High school student arrested after gun found in backpack

High school student arrested after gun found in backpack

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A high school student in Richland County is facing charges after a gun was found in his backpack at school on Wednesday.

Richland County deputies say a school resource officer arrested 18-year-old Michael Hilton after the gun was found in his backpack at Dutch Fork High School. Hilton will be charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Deputies say students, faculty, and staff were never in danger. The weapon was discovered when there was suspicious activity among the students and a teacher questioned it, says RCSD Lt. Curtis Wilson. Hilton admitted to the teacher that he had a gun.

Hilton was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Lexington-Richland School District 5 released a statement, saying:

A staff member at the school initially alerted school officials, and administrators acted quickly and appropriately once they received the report of a weapon on campus. As the police report states, no specific threats were made to staff or students. Law enforcement took immediate action to bring this matter to a quick close.

The school district's spokesperson said no information could be released on the student from them.

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