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2 minor students face charges after school lock down

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LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - Lake City High School was under lock down for a little over an hour Thursday after a student reported seeing a handgun in a peer's backpack.

Brian Huckabee, Communications Coordinator for Florence School District Three, tells WMBF News that Lake City High was locked down around 12:30 p.m. and resumed its normal class schedule at 1:45 p.m.

After receiving the report about the possible weapon in the school, the School Resource Officer was contacted, who then reached out to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

After searching all book bags and classrooms, no weapon was found.

Huckabee adds that two students are facing criminal charges after one of them admitted to bringing a gun to school.

Captain Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, explains that the two students are minors and the matter will likely be handled in family court. Their names and any charges, or petitions, will not be released.

Lake City Elementary School also went into a lockout because of its proximity to Lake City High. Law enforcement did remain on campus for the rest of the day as a precaution.

"I commend the student who reported seeing a weapon," said Dr. V. Keith Callicutt, district superintendent. "It is always important that our students report anything they believe is suspicious. The school's staff and district office did an excellent job of responding to the incident and following the district's crisis plan."

Dr. Callicutt adds, "I also appreciate our parents not panicking and coming to the school, which allowed staff members to focus on student safety."

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