Student arrested after principal spots gun

A Hopkins Middle School student has been arrested after the principal reported seeing the teen with an unloaded pistol, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

The student, whose name is not being released because of his age, is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. He is awaiting a detainment hearing in family court.

Reports indicate the 15-year-old was coming out of a bathroom when the principal spotted the gun in his waistband. The principal then contacted the school resource officer.

An investigation is continuing as officers try to determine why the gun was brought to school and where it came from.

Richland 1 does not discuss displinary action for specific students. However, spokeswoman Karen York says weapons and drug violations are not tolerated by the school district.

"Those offenses are among the most severe offenses under our student discipline code, and students found in violation can face expulsion," she said.

-- From Staff Reports