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Gaffney HS Student Charged With Bringing Weapon on Campus

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GAFFNEY, S.C. - A Gaffney High School student is facing charges for bringing a weapon on campus.

School officials say a student reported seeing a weapon at Gaffney High School on Monday, February 3rd. That same afternoon a student at the Cherokee Technology Center also reported seeing a weapon at the high school earlier that day.

Administrators located the suspect on the Cherokee Technology Center campus. A search did not turn up any weapons. Superintendent Quincie Moore tells us that school officials checked the bathrooms and trash cans throughout the school. However, because the student had violated the discipline code, the student's parents were called to take him home.

Officials at Gaffney High School and the Cherokee Technology Center conducted a complete investigation the next day. That led to the arrest of the teen, who confessed to having a weapon on campus. Other students also reported seeing the weapons and seeing pictures of the weapon.

Moore said because the students were so willing to come forward and help law enforcement and school administrators, the response was sped up and the student was able to be removed to keep students safe.

District leaders say the suspect will be disciplined according to the Cherokee County School District discipline code and Board policy. Policy, Quincie said, dictates that officials recommend expulsion for one calendar year.

Moore said she is letting law enforcement handle where the student got the gun and why he had it. She is letting the punishment involving the weapon be taken care of by law enforcement as well.

"I want to commend our students for coming forward with this information and their willingness to report allowed administration and law enforcement officials to act quickly and handle the situation appropriately," said Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore in a statement to the media.

"Safety is a top priority in our district and both Gaffney High School and Cherokee Technology Center are safe and secure."

Moore said the principal sent out an Alert Now message to parents and teachers. Moore is also holding a faculty meeting to inform all administrators and teachers.

"We've been working on safety for the last 18-20 months and I think you see the results with this," said Moore.

Moore tells us the student will face a ten day suspension and during that time the student will have a hearing. There the determination will be made regarding expulsion. Teachers will also look into the students background at school and see if further action needs to be taken. Officials say the student had never been in any serious trouble.
Moore says the district will assess procedures and share information with all administrative leaders so they can continue to improve school safety.

Moore also discusses the recent fight on a bus at Gaffney High involving a special needs student in October of 2013. Moore said bus routes have been changed, a camera has been added to the bus and another bus was added to serve special needs students.

There will be more faculty in high traffic areas and students will board the bus closer to dismissal time Moore continued.  Changes have been made to the handbook used by the bus drivers.

Regarding a fight at the Boiling Springs, Gaffney High basketball game the incident was reported to the High School league, more sanctions were imposed, the school held a meeting for parents and asked them to sign a recommitting letter.

Students also apologized to the students at Boiling springs and they're reviewing the handbook and scheduling future meetings. Suspensions and expulsions were handed out to the students in both situations.

The incident involving the student who reportedly brought the gun to school will be reported to the state.
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