Live 5 Investigates: Weapons in Middle Schools

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Guns on middle school campuses are a rare occurrence in Charleston County Schools, according to numbers from the SC Department of Education.

North Charleston Police arrested three boys in connection with the discovery of a handgun on a middle school campus Wednesday morning.

Before that incident, there appears to be one other handgun found on a CCSD middle school campus over the last three years. That handgun was also found Morningside Middle School in 2016. It was listed at Morningside Annex, which district officials said was a different building on the same campus.

Morningside Middle reported no guns in 2015 and 2017.

The school reported one knife and one other weapon in 2015; one handgun, one knife and one other weapon in 2016; and one knife and two other weapons in 2017.

In 2015, CCSD reported no guns or firearms in middle schools. It reported at least 24 other weapons and knives found.

In 2016, CCSD reported one handgun and five other firearms found in middle schools. It reported at least 23 other weapons and knives found.

In 2017, CCSD reported no guns or firearms in middle schools. It reported at least 32 other weapons and knives found.

Only about 5% of 132 CCSD weapons incidents last year involved firearms.

"Four to five percent of kids bring a weapon into school the last 30 days," MUSC Psychiatrist Dr. Lee Lewis said at that time.

He said there's no reason to assume kids in one school district or another are bringing more weapons to schools and that it's more likely that some districts are just better at detecting and reporting it.

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