Teen arrested for stun gun on school property

Harlan Howard Bell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Harlan Howard Bell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A Conway teen has been charged after allegedly taking a stun gun onto school property Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, told WMBF News 18-year-old Harlan Howard Bell had a stun gun in his possession at the Academy for Technology and Academics along Highway 701.

Several students stated that Bell had a stun gun in his possession.  The officer asked Bell if he had anything in his possession that was not allowed at school and Bell said he had a stun gun.  The stun gun was in the left cargo pocket of Bell's shorts.  The officer took the weapon from Bell.

Bell was arrested and charged with carrying weapons on school property. He was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center around 11:15 a.m. and is awaiting a bond hearing at this time.

Teal Britton, spokesperson for Horry County Schools, told WMBF News that Bell is suspended pending a hearing, and could also face expulsion from school.

"This is the first time, to my knowledge, that we've had a [stun gun] brought to school," Britton said.  "But he brought it to campus, and he's facing some serious consequences."

Anthony Spivey lives near the Academy for Technology and Academics, and said the incident makes him worry about sending his own kids to school when they are old enough.

"I think we have got to do steps to to try to prevent this from ever happening again," Spivey said.

Britton said every student at the Academy for Technology and Academics receives a metal detector check before they enter school each morning, but it's possible Bell could have arrived to school early, before the checks began, or possibly snuck in through a different door later in the day.

"You can't lock doors going to outside of campus," Britton said.  "For fire code reasons; you have hundreds of people in a building that have to be able to get out of that building if need be."

Britton said school officials are still checking the schools security tapes to find out how Bell was able to sneak the stun gun into the school.

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