Officials: Bus driver let go after failing to report info on student with possible weapon

Published: Feb. 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM EST
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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester District 2 officials say a bus driver has been let go after failing to report information she had on a student who possibly had a weapon a day before a gun and knife were found in two students book bags.

Pat Raynor with DD2 says the driver, an employee of the district, had learned information that a student possibly had a knife on the bus a day before a gun and knife were confiscated at Beech Hill Elementary Wednesday morning.

Authorities say it was discovered two students had the items in their book bags while on the school bus.

On Thursday night, the district says the bus driver was cited for failure to report a safety issue. Raynor said the driver is no longer employed by the district following an investigation into the incident.

Raynor says a student originally reported the incident of the weapons to officials when the bus arrived at the school. The student said a gun was in one student's book bag and another student had a knife.

Both students in question were brought to the office before school started and the weapons were confiscated. They were then removed from the campus, Raynor says.

"You just never think it would happen at my child's school, and it was just way too close for comfort," says Lainie Graham, whose son and daughter attend the school.

Officials say law enforcement were immediately called to the school and an investigation is underway.

"I wasn't so much worried about was the school handling it correctly," explains Tonya Law, whose daughter also goes to the school. "I was, more so, worried about what happened until they found out about it."

Parents were notified of the incident via phone call and students brought home a letter regarding the incident.

According to Raynor, she believes both students in the incident are 5th graders and will be facing expulsion.

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