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Student charged after gun found inside backpack at Fort Dorchester High School

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a car parked in front of Manchester Arena: School officials say a gun was found inside a student’s backpack at Fort Dorchester High School on Tuesday. © Provided by Charleston WCSC-TV School officials say a gun was found inside a student’s backpack at Fort Dorchester High School on Tuesday.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Fort Dorchester High School student faces criminal charges after a tip led school officials to find a gun inside a bookbag Tuesday afternoon.

The student, whose name and age were not released because he is a juvenile, is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of stolen property, North Charleston Police spokesman Harve Jacobs said.

An incident report states the school’s resource officer was called to the school’s office at approximately 1:30 p.m. about a tip that a student possibly had a weapon on school grounds. The anonymous tip claimed the student had a gun in his bookbag, the report states.

Police say the school resource officer and a school security officer found the student in class, who told them he did not have a bookbag.

The report states the student was escorted out of the classroom to the school resource officer’s office to investigate further, but that school administrators found the bookbag the student had allegedly had in his possession. Inside the bag, they found a 9mm Luger with 17 rounds in two magazines, the report states.

Principal Tripp Aldredge said the gun was confiscated without incident.

Police say a database check on the gun revealed it had been reported stolen.

“There was no disruption to school operations,” high school officials said. “We take all threats seriously, and it is our top priority to provide students and staff a safe school environment. We appreciate the vigilance of our students and staff and the quick action of law enforcement.”

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