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District Two makes statement on gun found on student at AHS

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lexington School District Two has released their own statement regarding the student who was found to have a gun in his backpack today at Airport High School.

According to district spokesperson Dawn Kujawa, a 15-year-old student at Airport High School was taken into custody by law enforcement Tuesday and is facing charges, after the student allegedly was found with an unloaded gun on the Airport High School campus.

The student did not take the unloaded gun out while inside the school, and no student or faculty member was threatened with it, according to the statement.

School administrators were alerted by a tip received before classes started Tuesday that a student might possibly have a gun at school that morning.

Acting on the tip, Airport’s School Resource Officer and school administration then began to look for the student on campus. While they were searching, the student checked in and began to make his way to class.

As he arrived inside the classroom, the School Resource Officer and school administration entered that classroom and took him to the school office. A subsequent search of his backpack allegedly turned up an unloaded .380 pistol, ammunition for both a .380 pistol and another caliber, and drug paraphernalia.

Airport’s School Resource Officer detained the student on a charge of unlawful carry/possession of a handgun on school property.

The teen, who is not being identified because of his age, will appear in Lexington County Family Court at a later date.

The district's statement makes it clear that the administration of the school and district feels that the student body and faculty were never in eminent danger because of this incident. It appears as if the district’s employees handled this incident per the written policy adopted by its board, and they will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors who are on their school campuses districtwide.

Although this was an unfortunate incident, it appears as if these types of situations happen across our nation on occasion, and Lexington County is no exception. It’s the end result of these incidents that is significant. In this case, the outcome is as good as could be expected when a handgun ends up at school.

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