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Third student charged after gun found at A.C. Flora campus

(Source: WIS) (Source: WIS)

A third A.C. Flora High School student has been charged with having a weapon on school grounds. 

Deputies say on Tuesday, A.C. Flora's school resource officer 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.

Two 16-year-old students were arrested that day. The third was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds and obstruction of justice Thursday.

The names and mugshots of the students arrested have not been released because of their ages.

This arrest makes for the fourth arrest of an A.C. Flora student this week. On Wednesday, Morgan Roof, the younger sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, was arrested for bringing weapons and drugs onto A.C. Flora's campus.

A.C. Flora's principal, Susan Childs, posted the following letter to parents and students on the school's Twitter page Wednesday in an effort to explain the incidents that happened at the school and also to clear up some rumors that were going around: 

Dear Flora Family,

AC Flora is fortunate to have a close and caring community which is open to sharing information. I want to thank those of you who have called to share concerns about what you may have heard from our students. In an effort to stop rumors, I would like to explain recent events that have occurred at AC Flora.

As many of you know, today was set as a time for a student walkout. Our student leaders had asked to be allowed to spend seventeen minutes to remember each of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. This student-led event was voluntary. The walkout went well with only a minor verbal disagreement that occurred at dismissal from the event. A rumor then started that a certain student had a weapon. This was heavily investigated and found to be inaccurate. In a separate situation, a student used social media to post a hateful message. The posting was not a threat, but was extremely inappropriate. That student was dealt with in a swift and severe manner as the posting caused quite a disruption.

In an isolated incident yesterday, administration was notified that there was possibly a weapon on campus. Through diligent work from the Assistant Principals and the School Resource Officers, an unloaded weapon was recovered. The investigation of this matter involves law enforcement as well as school officials. Discipline for students involved will follow the Richland One Code of Conduct.

I realize that rumors and the tragic school shootings in Florida are events that can cause anxiety for our students, parents, faculty, and the community. Be assured that the safety of our students will always be our top priority. We must continue to work together to maintain a safe and positive learning environment. Please feel free to contact me at 803.807.8697 if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Susan Childs

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