LEXINGTON, S.C. — Lexington County deputies say a student was found with a gun at White Knoll High School, a situation that led to a lockdown at the school.
The incident happened at the school Monday afternoon, around the time class was getting set to dismiss.
White Knoll Principal Ted Daughtrey later sent a note home to parents saying that students had reported that one of their classmates had a handgun on campus. Administrators contacted the sheriff's department, and the school was placed on lockdown.
Daughtrey said the student was found around 3:30 p.m. and was taken into custody. Lexington County deputies confirmed the student had the weapon on him when they found him.
Officers say a female student was found with him and she had a knife in her possession. Both will face charges and Daughtrey said they are each suspended and will be recommended for expulsion.
During the lockdown, students and staff remained locked inside classrooms and offices as a precaution.
"Though this is an alarming situation, I am proud of the students who came forward to report this incident," he said in the letter. "We must work together to keep our school safe. Because of these students, as well as the swift action of our WKHS staff and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, we are all safe tonight."
No students were dismissed during the lockdown, but they were allowed to go home after law enforcement found the student.