Deputies find hidden handgun at Georgetown County middle school; student detained

Published: Sep. 29, 2023 at 12:58 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2023 at 5:19 PM EDT
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Georgetown County student was detained after authorities said they found a handgun hidden in the ceiling tiles of a school on Friday.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the Carvers Bay Middle STEAM Academy to look into a report of a student having a gun on the morning bus.

At the school, they searched the student. They also searched the bus he rode on, and everywhere else the student had been.

Deputies were not able to find anything in the initial search.

However, during a second search, authorities found a handgun hidden in the ceiling tiles. The district said that the gun was in the ceiling in one of the school’s restrooms.

The gun was secured, and the student was detained.

The Georgetown County School District said that the student will be charged criminally and the district’s discipline policy will be imposed.

“School safety is a priority for Georgetown County School District. Because of the reports made by CBMSA students today, we were able to quickly initiate an investigation and maintain the safety of the school,” the district said in a statement.