Report: Boy brought loaded gun on school bus after student made death threat

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released more information about a gun and a knife brought on a school bus carrying Beech Hill Elementary School students.

According to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, the gun in the incident was loaded and the two boys involved were ages 10 and 11, who both gave different stories of the incident.

On Wednesday morning, deputies responded to Beech Hill Elementary School in reference to two students having weapons at school. As deputies were en route, emergency officials told them a loaded gun and a knife were located.

Authorities say an 11-year-old boy was in possession of a gun that was found in his book bag. The boy said he brought the gun to school because he was afraid of a 10-year-old boy who had shown him a knife.

The 11-year-old boy said on Tuesday morning the 10-year-old had a knife and said he was going to kill another student who had been picking on him. The boy said the 10-year-old pulled the knife out of his pocket and showed it to him.

The boy told deputies he took the knife from the 10-year-old so "he would not kill anyone with it," and kept the knife in his book bag all day.

A DCSO incident report states once the 11-year-old returned home, he got a gun belonging to his grandfather, wrapped it in a shirt and put it in his book bag to take to school the following day. The boy said on Wednesday morning, as he got on the bus, he got scared the gun could accidentally go off.

The boy said that while on the bus, he gave the knife back to the 10-year-old and told him that he had a gun.

The 11-year-old told authorities that he opened his book bag, pulled the gun out and pointed it at the 10-year-old who was sitting next to him. According to the boy, at one point as the bus went around a curve, it caused him to slide, making the barrel of the gun touch the 10-year-old boy's rib cage.

The boy said other students then saw the gun.

A sheriff's office report states once the 11-year-old was off the bus, he was confronted by a school official who asked him if had a knife to which he replied no and said the 10-year-old had the knife.

Authorities say the school official then asked the boy if he had a gun to which he replied yes.

Investigators say when they spoke to the 10-year-old boy, who was found with a knife in his book bag, he had a different story of the events.

According to the 10-year-old, he let the 11-year-old boy borrow the knife on Monday while they were on the bus going to school. The boy said he told the 11-year-old not to bring the knife back to him at school.

The boy said on Wednesday, the 11-year-old gave him the knife back and pulled out a small black gun and held it to the 10-year-old's side.

The boy said the 11-year-old told him,"I will kill you." The 10-year-old said the 11-year-old then told him to take the knife out to which he replied,"No."

According to the 10-year-old, the 11-year-old boy said,"I'm just playing," showed the gun to another student, wrapped the gun in a t-shirt and put it back in his book bag.

The 10-year-old said the bus driver stood up when they got to school and asked who had a weapon. The 10-year-old said no one said anything, and the bus driver told them not to bring it back, and let them off the bus.

Dorchester District 2 officials say the bus driver was cited for failure to report a safety issue, and was let go by the district.

Pat Raynor with DD2 says she believes both students will be facing expulsion.

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