Gun incident turned over to school district | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 4, 2017 7:42 am

A student brought a gun to Forest Hills Elementary school on Tuesday March 28, reportedly to scare another student who was bullying the child.

Although the incident occurred on Tuesday, it was not reported to school officials by students until Friday, when Principal Cindy Riley immediately called law enforcement.

According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office report, a student admitted bringing a black semi-automatic pistol to school on Tuesday. (There is no indication of the age or gender of the child in the report.) The student said another student had been calling the child and the child’s family names and had started picking on the student about two months ago. The child brought the gun to school to scare the other student, the report said.

The gun was apparently taken from the father’s nightstand. The father was called to the school and advised of the situation. Officers suggested that the weapon be moved to a more secure location in the home.

No charges will be brought by law enforcement against the student due to the child’s age, and  any punishment will be determined by the school district. Principal Riley said any comments would have to come from the school district. However, Colleton County Superintendent of Education Dr. Franklin Foster was out of town Monday and unavailable for comment. Any statement from the school district will be published when available.



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