Student charged after bringing 2 BB guns to Greenville H.S.


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A Greenville High School student was charged after he brought two BB guns onto school property last week.

According to a Greenville Police Department report, officers were called on Jan. 24 in reference to a student possibly having a handgun on campus. 

The witness told police that he saw someone inside a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer waving around what appeared to be a handgun while driving down the road.

According to the report, the witness said the vehicle was displaying what appeared to be a Greenville High School parking pass on the rearview mirror.

Officers conducted a DMV check and identified the student as Derek Christopher Owens, Jr., 18, of Fountain Inn.

On Jan. 25, officers located Owens in class, removed him and placed his backpack in a locked office.

The suspect was escorted to the parking lot and brought over to his vehicle, where a search was conducted.

When asked if he had anything in his vehicle that he wasn’t supposed to, Owens said not that he knew of. Nothing was found during the vehicle search.

Once back in the school, officers then searched Owens’ backpack and found what appeared to be two black semi-automatic handguns. 

The two guns were later determined to be two BB guns, which were both black, metal and didn’t have orange tips on them to indicate that they were not real firearms.

Owens was arrested and the BB guns were seized.

When asked why he had the two BB guns, he replied that they were not his and said they were a friend’s and said he must have put them in his bag the day before when he was riding in his car.

Owens was charged with two counts of possession of a weapon on school property and was taken to the Greenville County Detention Center.

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