South Carolina State University football player charged with having gun on campus

Published: Nov. 2, 2023 at 12:17 PM EDT
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) - A South Carolina State football player has been charged with having a weapon on school property.

As South Carolina State students prepare for this year’s homecoming festivities, some are still concerned over safety measures including the use of guns on campus.

“School isn’t a place to have weapons like that. Me, personally, I’ve never been a fan of guns, weapons or any of that stuff. I feel like if you bring that on campus, you should be prepared for the consequences of your actions,” said S.C. State Freshman Nina Clark.

Court documents show freshman Kacy Fields was arrested on October 12th after police say a gun was found in his dorm room in the K building of Hugine Suites.

The documents show the gun was found locked in a safe during an annual health and safety room check. Fields played in six out of the eight games this season. He sat the two games immediately following his arrest. It’s unclear if Fields not playing was connected to the arrest.

WIS asked students what they thought about campus safety.

”These days, this generation is different. People are different and people move differently. Life is crazy nowadays so I understand where he’s coming from but then again, he didn’t have to bring that. It ruined his reputation,” said SC State Freshman Curtis Red.

“Nowadays, you gotta have protection on you because usually, you never know what somebody is on. So, with that, I would say if you’re allowed to have it and you have your paperwork, there’s no problem with it but it all depends on the person for real,” said SC State Freshman Samantha Grant.

Weapons are prohibited anywhere on the SC State campus. Game stats show Fields played in the Bulldogs last game Oct. 26, but this afternoon a university spokesman told me Fields is no longer an active member of the SC State Football team. He would not say when Fields was removed from the team.

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