Student brings firearm in backpack to elementary school in Aiken, school district says

November 14, 2018

A student at Chukker Creek Elementary School was discovered to be carrying a gun in his backpack to school this morning, according to the Aiken County Public School District.

The Aiken County School District released an email to parents notifying them of the incident with the firearm Wednesday morning.

As students were preparing to exit their bus Wednesday morning, a number of students reported to their bus driver that a 6-year-old student had a gun in his backpack, according to an official statement from the School District.

“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 district’s email.

Local law enforcement was contacted and responded right away, according to the statement.

“Upon search of the student’s book bag, a firearm was discovered” the statement reads. “The student remained under direct supervision of administration and that of local law enforcement before being removed from the school’s campus.”

The email to parents stated students were safe and and the situation was being handled “as swiftly as possible.”

“We certainly understand how concerning this is to our school community,” the release states. “At Chukker Creek Elementary today, we are maintaining as regular a schedule as possible, keeping our students focused on learning, while addressing the needs of students with the support of their school counselor and additional staff.”

The school district’s statement said Chukker Creek followed appropriate procedures with full support of the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

“We are investigating an incident involving a firearm being brought to school by a student at Chukker Creek Elementary,” said Lt. Jake Mahoney with Aiken Department of Public Safety. Mahoney confirmed officers recovered the weapon from the student.

The Aiken Standard originally obtained the email from a concerned parent.

Check back with the Aiken Standard for more.

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