SUMTER (WACH) -- A 16-year-old Sumter High School student is in custody after school resource officers discover a handgun in the studentâ??s book bag this afternoon.
The information was received by Sumter Police officers working at the school while checking into an unrelated incident.
Officers discovered a .45 caliber handgun inside of the studentâ??s bookbag. The handgun was not loaded, but a loaded magazine was found in the book bag.
A records check of the handgunâ??s serial number revealed that it had been reported stolen last week from an incident in Richland County.
The student has been charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, Possession of a Firearm on School Property, Minor in Possession of a Handgun, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.
The juvenile is currently being held at a South Carolina Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Columbia pending a detention hearing.
This afternoon, Sumter School District spokesperson Shelly Galloway provided the following statement:
"(Thursday) afternoon, a Sumter High School resource officer received information that a student may be in possession of a weapon. The student was located, and during the course of the investigation a weapon was found in the studentâ??s book bag. The student was arrested and is being held at a South Carolina Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Columbia, SC pending a detention hearing.
Sumter School District has a zero tolerance policy for weapons, and the student will receive disciplinary action in accordance with the Sumter School District Code of Conduct."