St. Matthews K-8

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ST. MATTHEWS -- A 14-year-old student allegedly carried an unloaded gun to St. Matthews K-8 School on Wednesday.

The student was charged with having a weapon on school property, pointing and presenting a firearm and resisting arrest, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers. He did not release the minor’s name.

The student is currently at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

The weapon was a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Summers said the gun did not have a magazine or ammunition.

"He did not have much of a motive to harm anybody if he did not have a magazine or a bullet," Summers said. "I don't know if it was something to show everyone that he had a gun."

According to a Calhoun County Sheriff's Office incident report, law enforcement was called by a school teacher in reference to a student having a gun.

Two students told officers the teen pointed the gun at them in the restroom, according to the report.

The school’s administrative team, supported by district-level administration and the school resource officer, questioned several students about the gun, according to a school press release.

According to the sheriff's office report, the student denied having a gun on him.

The incident report states the student emptied his book bag and then a search was done of his person. The gun was found in his back left pocket.

The teen fled the office, the report said. He was located on Bibleway Circle and returned to the school for further investigation.

Summers said he does not recall ever responding to a report of a gun at the elementary school.

"We have had very few incidents at any of our schools," Summers said.

The student will be recommended for expulsion, according to the school's press release.

The incident remains under investigation.

Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551. Check out Zaleski on Twitter at @ZaleskiTD.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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