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17-year-old facing charges after bringing loaded gun to Lower Richland High School

District officials say the weapon was in a bookbag and was never pointed at anyone.
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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. 

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