Two teenagers were arrested by Aiken Public Safety Monday following an incident at Aiken High School, with one reportedly armed with a gun.
Eugene Simmons III, 17, and Desmond Bates, 17, have been charged with disturbing schools, according to Lt. Jake Mahoney. Simmons, a former Aiken High student who is no longer enrolled at the school, was also charged with trespassing, and failure to comply with a public safety officer.
The incident occurred around 1:50 p.m., according to Mahoney, saying Simmons and Bates, a current Aiken High student, were involved in a dispute with another Aiken High student in the parking lot.
Several witness to the incident said Simmons was armed with a pistol, said Mahoney, adding they quickly reported the gun-brandishing incident to resource officer Sandy NeSmith.
NeSmith took Simmons into custody after a brief chase, according to Mahoney.
“The attention and action taken by the resource officer is commendable,” said Mahoney, adding NeSmith moved to investigate the incident as soon as she saw students running to an administration building.
Officers are searching for the firearm believed to have been discarded by Simmons as he fled the scene, said Mahoney, adding the cause of the incident isn’t currently known.
The incident remains under investigation and more charges might be coming.
No injuries were reported.