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Teen with gun arrested at James Island High School

By Live 5 News Staff email | Twitter

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Police arrested a James Island High School teen for carrying a gun on the school's campus Tuesday.

Police said in a statement released Wednesday, the school's resource officer arrested the suspect after being informed by another student about the gun.

The Charleston County School District issued the following statement:

"Following a tip from a student, administrators at James Island Middle school confiscated an unloaded firearm from a student yesterday. The weapon was taken without incident, and the student was promptly suspended and recommended for expulsion. 

"Student safety remains our utmost priority, and we have a very clear and aggressive district policy that forbids weapons on any of our campuses.  We also have Student Concern Specialists and School Resource Officers enhancing the safety of all of our schools. 

"Although no students were threatened or harmed yesterday, and these kinds of isolated violations are incredibly rare, we take this incident very seriously, and will continue working with parents and students to ensure that our schools are safe and nurturing learning environments."

The gun, a Highpoint .380, was not loaded.

The suspect, 14, was arrested without incident. A search of the suspect revealed eight bullets wrapped in a torn shirt in the suspect's pocket.

The gun was secured and the student was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center where he was lodged and charged.

The school was placed on lock down while the arrest took place.

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