RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 14-year-old Kelly Mill Middle School student will remain in custody after being arrested for carrying a weapon onto school grounds on Tuesday, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department says a school resource officer was told by school staff that there was possibly a weapon on campus. The teen was asked to pull up his hoodie without incident and showed a .9mm pistol tucked into the front of his pants.
“We have to find a way to keep our kids as safe as we can,” Kelly Mill parent Jackie Brown said.
The sheriff’s department says the pistol was not loaded.
The teen’s name was not released due to his age. The school is located on Kelly Mill Road in Blythewood.
The teen was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, where he is being held in its juvenile wing.
“I think that Kelly Mill did a phenomenal job,” said Brown. “The principal called us, they let us know what happened before our kids could even get to us. They took care of the situation. We downplay those SROs, but those SROs need to be praised.”
A Richland Two School District spokesperson released the statement sent by Principal Mark Sims with a message for Kelly Mill Middle Parents, Faculty and Staff about the incident:
Today, a student reported a safety concern to one of our teachers, and the teacher reported the concern to an administrator. The administrator involved the school resource officer.
A student who was believed to have a weapon was removed from class and the SRO found a handgun on the student. The unloaded weapon was immediately confiscated. The student did not threaten anyone or indicate he planned to use the weapon against anyone.
I felt it was important to alert our parents and staff in order to help prevent the spread of misinformation.
We are proud of our student and faculty member for sharing the safety tip with us and appreciate all that our parents and staff do to help keep our school a safe place for learning.
If you have any questions, please call your student’s grade level administrator. Thank you.