Boy, 11, charged with shooting students with pellet gun at school

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have charged an 11-year-old boy after they say he used a pellet gun to shoot two classmates at Ladson Elementary School.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office charged the child with possession of a weapon on school grounds and six counts of third-degree assault and battery.

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., authorities responded to Ladson Elementary School after reports that a student brought a pellet gun to school. 
Authorities were told that on Monday, the 11-year-old student had a pellet gun on school property and shot two students in the legs with the gun. According to investigators, the child attempted to shoot two more students and pointed the pellet gun at two other students.

The sheriff's office says no one reported the assaults until Tuesday morning when the student again showed up with the pellet gun.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office said that the students who were shot did not sustain any injuries. The Air Soft pellet gun used by the child was seized by deputies on the scene.

The student was released to his parents on a Family Court Custodial promise to appear.

The Charleston County School District released the following statement:

"A Ladson Elementary student was charged and released to parents today by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office in an incident involving a pellet gun. He is being recommended to the Office of Student Placement for expulsion. Ladson's main priority is student learning and safety and the school has clear and deliberate policies in place to ensure both."

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