Officer finds loaded handgun in Hillcrest HS student’s bag, lockout in place

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SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Two schools in Simpsonville were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after a loaded gun was found in a Hillcrest High School student’s backpack.

The City of Simpsonville said the school resource officer was told at about 9:15 a.m. that a student had alcohol.

When the student was confronted about the alcohol, he left his bookbag and took off running, according to the city. Additional officers were then called the school.

Greenville County Schools officials said officers searched the bag and found a loaded handgun.

Hillcrest High School and Bryson Middle School were placed on lockdown during the investigation, according to the city. The high school will remain on a lockout for the remainder of the day. The lockdown has been lifted for the middle school.

The city said there were no injuries or active threats by the student.

The school and the police department will continue to investigate.

We will update this story as information becomes available.

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