Hargrave: SHS students had gun on campus

By: Scott Witten - Editor

LAURINBURG — Authorities have charged two Scotland High School students with having a gun on campus, school officials said.

One of the student’s parents alerted school officials on Friday after finding a picture of the students posing with the weapon in a classroom, according to Scotland Superintendent Ron Hargrave.

The incident is believed to have happened on May 23.

No other students were in the picture, Hargrave said.

“We commend the parent for taking swift action and notifying administration as soon as she discovered the picture,” Hargrave said. “We continue to stress to students, staff, the community, and to our parents that if they see something to say something and we are thankful that this parent did.”

Because of privacy laws, Hargrave said that the school system could not comment on the specific discipline that will be taken, but that any action will follow the Student Code of Conduct and Board Policy.

According to the Student Handbook, the school system does “not tolerate the presence of weapons or destructive devices, bomb or terrorist threats, or actions that constitute a clear threat to the safety of students or employees.”

School policy also says that “a student who brings or possesses a firearm or destructive device on school property or at a school-sponsored event must be suspended for 365 days, unless the superintendent modifies, in writing, the required 365-day suspension for an individual student on a case-by-case basis.”

“This is a very serious matter and one we don’t take lightly,” the superintendent said. “We ask our parents and guardians to please speak to your children about the severity of the consequences for poor choices that could potentially put other students, staff, and even themselves in danger.”

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Scott Witten

Editor