Student arrested after gun found at Florence middle school

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A Florence middle school student was arrested after authorities found a gun, police said.

A school resource officer at Williams Middle School on N. Irby Street received information on Thursday about a student with a firearm, according to Florence police. When authorities went to detain the student, the student resisted, police said.

The student was arrested without further incident and the school resource officer took possession of the gun. Charged are pending.

The juvenile was turned over to a parent and the case will be handled in family court.

Police said they believe the juvenile was just showing off the firearm. There did not seem to be any intent to harm the school or individuals, according to Capt. Mike Brandt with Florence police.

Police said they do not know if the firearm was loaded, but any situation with a firearm should be treated as if it were loaded to be on the safe side.

Williams Middle School Principal Pamela Johnson released the following information to parents after the incident, per Florence 1 Schools spokesperson Pam Little-McDaniel:

Good afternoon Parents,

Please be advised that today we exercised a Code Yellow lockdown regarding a student with a weapon. The incident was handled and under control by the School’s Resource Officer. The rest of the day continued without any further incidences.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Johnson, principal.  

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