Education

Two students face BB gun charges

Two students at Robert Smalls Middle School have been suspended and will face gun charges in family court for bringing a BB gun to school.

The school's resource officer was contacted by a parent Tuesday morning after a child reported seeing another student with what appeared to be a handgun on Monday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators found a 13-year-old student brought an AirSoft BB gun to school Monday and Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said.

The student allegedly fired the BB gun several times at the feet of another student while riding the bus to school Tuesday morning, according to investigators. No one was injured during the incident. The gun shoots plastic pellets rather than metal BBs.

Upon arriving at school, the student gave the gun to a 15-year-old classmate, who put the gun in his backpack, where it was found by law enforcement.

The 15-year-old student was suspended and will face charges in family court of carrying a weapon on school property.

The 13-year-old student also was suspended and faces weapons charges and assault and battery charges in connection with the incident on the bus.

-- The Beaufort Gazette

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