RCSD: 2 students charged after gun found on high school campus

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Two A.C. Flora High School students have been arrested and charged with weapons on school grounds, according to the Richland County Sheriff Department.

On Tuesday, deputies say the School Resource Officer at A.C. Flora was contacted by the school administrator about a student having a loaded magazine in his bookbag. Students also reported seeing someone throw something into the bushes on school grounds. Deputies say a brief search turned up a Smith and Wesson .380 handgun.

Deputies say one of the 16-year-old students was released into the custody of his parents while the other 16-year-old was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. According to the solicitor's office, one of the teens met the criteria to be detained while the other did not even though they both are being charged for with the same charge.

The names and mugshots of the students arrested have not been released because of their ages. An explanation from the Solicitor to the Fifth Judicial Circuit spells out why one of the juveniles "met the criteria" to be sent to jail.

Under South Carolina law a juvenile is only eligible for detention in a secure facility pursuant to Section 63-19-820.   At the time of this incident the juvenile that was detained was on probation and being monitored by the Department of Juvenile Justice.   While both juveniles charged could have been detained pursuant to the statute detention is not mandatory if the officer believes that the juvenile can be supervised adequately at home.

Sheriff Lott says at no time were any of the students in danger. The sheriff credits the quick actions of the SRO, the school administrative staff, and law enforcement for swiftly identifying and charging those involved.

A.C. Flora's principal, Susan Childs, posted the following letter to parents and students on the school's Twitter page on Wednesday:

Dear Flora Family,

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