COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 17-year-old student brought a gun to Lower Richland High School, Richland County deputies confirmed.
In an update from RCSD, the gun was found after a physical fight led a school resource officer to check the 17-year-old student's bag.
The incident happened Wednesday morning. Richland School District One released a statement saying the gun was in the student's bookbag and was not discharged or pointed at anyone. The gun, a 9mm pistol, was fully loaded.
The 17-year-old male is charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, possession of a pistol under the age of 18, unlawful carry of a pistol, and 3rd degree assault and battery.
Richland County deputies had said the school was put on a modified lockdown, but the district later said the school was not on lockdown, citing the principal.
The principal sent a note to parents explaining the situation.