LADSON, SC (WCSC) - An 11-year-old boy is facing charges after Charleston County sheriff's deputies say he shot two classmates Monday and threatened several others with an air soft pellet gun at Ladson Elementary School.
Deputies say they responded to the school Tuesday morning after a student reported that the suspect had the pellet gun on him. According to the police report, no one knew about the student shooting the weapon until a day after it happened.
C.J. Baker says he was one of the kids threatened by the suspect Monday.
"He came up to me in the bathroom, held the (pellet) gun to my head, and said if I told anyone he would shoot me," said Baker, talking about the frightful incident that happened Monday afternoon.
Baker said he was too scared to tell anyone what happened until his mother got home around 7 p.m. Monday. When she found out, she knew she had to go to school officials immediately.
"I let C.J. ride the bus to school and I met him there," said Baker's other, Katrina Capitan. "He already had talked to the assistant principal right when he got off the bus."
Around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Capitan received an automated phone call from the school's principal talking about the incident and that it was being taken care of. Capitan said she doesn't think a phone call is enough.
"I felt the school didn't take it as seriously as they should," Capitan said. "Maybe it's because it was a pellet gun, but you never know these days."
The Charleston County School District released this statement on Tuesday:
"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. If you have additional questions about the incident, they should be directed to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office."
The 11-year old-suspect was released by deputies to his parents under an agreement he would have to attend court. He is charged with having a weapon on school grounds and six counts of assault and battery in the third degree.