Parents weigh-in on student bringing unloaded BB gun to school

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An Upstate school district is investigating a BB gun on campus. 

A spokesperson for Spartanburg County District 5 told 7News a 10-year-old is up for disciplinary hearing. The spokesperson says the district handles disciplinary actions on a case-by-case basis and in this case, it was an unloaded BB gun so the district is not jumping to expel the student. 

However, any incidents on campus that involved a weapon have to be reported to law enforcement. 

“It shouldn’t be brought to school,” said Spartanburg County resident Ruth. 

According to the district’s spokesperson a bus driver made a report to campus public safety after hearing rumors about a student that brought a gun to school. The School Resource Officers notified law enforcement who searched the student’s home and uncovered an unloaded BB gun in the 10-year-old’s book bag. 

The spokesperson for Spartanburg County District 5 says the student has been removed from the classroom. 

School officials are now referring to the district’s code of conduct to determine the consequences. 

However, students who bring weapons to school or a school function, knowingly possess or use illegal drugs, or solicit the sale of controlled substances, or inflict serious bodily injury upon another person while at school or a school function may be removed for up to 45 days at a time. If school officials believe that a student with a disability is substantially likely to injure him/herself or others in the student’s regular placement, they may ask an impartial hearing officer to order that the student be removed to an interim alternative educational setting for a period up to 45 days.

Some parents feel it’s not entirely the 10-year-old’s fault. 

“I’d hold the parents accountable,” said Diane Elders. 

“I think the parents should be reprimanded, not the child.” Ruth told 7News. 

Elders says when her son was growing up he had a BB gun that she taught him he could only use with her supervision. Elders says it seem to her, and other parents 7News spoke with, that in this case it’s the adults who need to keep a closer eye on what their children are up to. 

“A BB gun to school… maybe that child hasn’t got enough supervision to have a BB gun.” Ruth said. 

“I think it’s the parents responsibility to teach their kids and to monitor what they do,” Elders told 7News. 

School leaders say they encourage students and staff to report any suspicious activity they see on campus. They’re commending the students who stepped up in this case. 

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