Dean: Former USC law school student arrested at school with concealed weapon
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An incident involving a former student at the University of South Carolina's School of Law has officials beefing up security after he was arrested in the Dean's Office with a concealed weapon.
USC police arrested Craig Stanley, 30, and charged him with breach of peace for the Nov. 5 incident. His bond was set at about $2,200 and he was ordered him to wear a GPS tracking device while he;s under house arrest.
According to a letter written by Dean Rob Wilcox to law school students, Stanley was involved in at least two related incidents.
Wilcox said Stanley entered the school on Wednesday and asked to see the associate dean, but was turned away when he was told she was unavailable. Staff, meanwhile, reported Stanley appeared to have a hammer in his pocket. Police came to the scene, but did not apprehend Stanley because he had already left the building
Several law school officials were notified about the incident, but the student body was not yet told.
Stanley showed up again on Thursday, Wilcox said, and law school staff members immediately contacted police. Wilcox said he then met Stanley at the entrance to the Dean's Office.
"He was calm and did not at any time display a weapon when talking with me or threaten the general population of the law school," Wilcox said. "Police responded to our call quickly and talked with the former student. They then discovered the concealed knife during their interview of him."
Stanley was immediately taken into custody and remains in custody, Wilcox said.
As a result of the incident, Wilcox said he has hired a daytime security guard for the time being.
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