Aiken man arrested in connection to 6-year-old bringing gun to elementary school
The Aiken Department of Public Safety has charged an Aiken man in connection with the 6-year-old who was discovered to be carrying a gun in his backpack to Chukker Creek Elementary School on Wednesday morning.
Marquise Ervin, 24, is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and simple possession of marijuana, according to jail records.
Officers responded to Chukker Creek Elementary early Wednesday morning after receiving a call about a student bringing a gun to school in his bag, said Capt. Maryann Burgess, with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The student was on his bus Wednesday and, as students were preparing to exit the bus, a number of them reported to the bus driver that the 6-year-old had a gun, according to an official statement from the Aiken County School District on Wednesday.
“The driver alerted administration, and the Assistant Principal, who was present and supervising morning drop off procedures, immediately addressed the student and spoke with other students who’d made the report,” according to the statement.
“The student was not allowed to join other students in going to his classroom, but brought directly by administration to our front office,” according to the statement.
Law enforcement arrived and intercepted the student, starting an investigation.
The gun was found in his backpack, and it was loaded, Burgess said.
During the investigation, Ervin was arrested Wednesday for simple possession of marijuana and brought to the Aiken County detention center for questioning, police reported.
“Because of (Ervin), the child had access to the gun when he should not have,” Burgess said. “The gun was readily available to two young children in the house.”
Ervin was then served the two warrants for unlawful conduct toward a child at the detention center.
Ervin was booked into the Aiken County detention center, where he remained as of 4 p.m. Thursday.