In the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed 26 lives, 20 of which were young children, a South Carolina teen was arrested for having a stash of weapons in his car on school property.
While this incident is untimely and presumptive conclusions can be immediately drawn about the student’s motive to have the weapons in his possession on school property, given the Nation’s (understandable) hyper-attention to gun control, school shootings, and overall school safety. Your lawyers in Charleston at Howell Law want to emphasize that investigators, as well as the Pickens County School District, have expressly stated that there is no indication that the student had any plans to carry out an attack, or posed any threat to the school’s student body and faculty.
The 17-year-old junior at Easley High School had a loaded .22-caliber revolver, nine knives, two axes, a stun gun, handcuffs, and more than 200 rounds of ammunition in his car at the time of discovery. None of the ammunition, shotgun shells and rifle and handgun rounds, matched the guns were the student’s car, according to Easley police. Prior to the teen’s arrest, a concerned student notified school workers of the weapons.
The teen told school officials that the weapons were used for hunting, and that he had forgotten to remove the items from his vehicle before taking them onto school property. A CNN report indicated that Easley police believe the weapons belong to the student’s family and that the teen was released on $30,000 bail. However, the report does not indicate whether the teen has a criminal defense attorney.
Bringing weapons onto school grounds is a violation of South Carolina State Law, and the teen was charged with possession of a firearm on school property. In accordance with Pickens County School District policy, the 17-year-old student will be recommended for expulsion for at least one year.
Your Charleston personal injury lawyers do not intend to make this blog a platform for any particular political philosophy or weigh in on the debate regarding gun control in the United States. Rather, the only concern here is the safety of kids at school and gain awareness concerning the prevention of child injury and death on school grounds.