Police: Rock Hill Middle School student charged with bringing gun to campus

ROCK HILL, SC – A 14-year-old student from Dutchman Creek Middle School in Rock Hill was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to campus on Tuesday morning and pointing it at another student, police say .

At approximately 8:30 a.m., the Rock Hill Police Department School Resource Officer for Dutchman Creek Middle School was observing student transition classes when students in the elective hallway began running and shouting “someone has a gun.”

The school resource officer began going to the area the students were fleeing from when a member of staff said they had the student involved.

According to police, the school resource officer and a staff member took the 14-year-old student to the administration office where a
an administrative search was conducted by the principal, but no firearms were found during the search.

The school resource officer and school administrators continued their investigation.

Detectives say he was found during a physical altercation in the restroom, in the elective hallway, a black handgun fell from the 14-year-old student’s pants.

Police say the 14-year-old student picked up the handgun and pointed it at the other student involved in the altercation.

This caused students in the toilets to leak, which caused unrest which led the staff member and the school resource officer to investigate, according to a press release.

Police say a search of the toilet by officers revealed a black handgun was found stuffed in toilet paper

The handgun matched the description given by students in the restroom at the time of the incident, according to a news release.

Police arrested the 14-year-old and took him to Rock Hill Law Center where he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a handgun by a person under the age of 18 and pointing and presenting a firearm.

According to police, the 14-year-old was taken into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Rock Hill Schools released the following statement:

We will continue to take a proactive and aggressive approach to security checks in the coming days. This will continue throughout the school year, as our top priority is to provide our children with a safe learning environment.

From now on, we will emphasize security checks and random searches in our middle and high schools.

We have a trained security officer inside each school building who is ready to respond to incidents. These security officers and professionals are also trained to spot and respond to suspicious activity.

We also work closely with law enforcement to stay in tune with what is happening in our community to proactively address situations that may boil over during school time. We are grateful to our law enforcement officers for being willing to work collaboratively to alert us when issues may arise.

Finally, we need our parents and guardians to join us in this effort as security incidents begin at home. We ask our parents to also take an aggressive approach to preventing incidents by getting involved with their student. We hope parents talk to their students about reporting information to adults in their school. And if a child has social media, we hope parents can monitor its use and report anything to the proper authorities.

Our advice line is available 24 hours a day via our app and on our website for students, staff or parents to use: https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Page/6778

Martha K. Merrill