Bullied Stratford High student brought gun to school because of threats, police say

A Stratford High School student brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack because he said he was being threatened on social media, according to Goose Creek police.

Police were tipped off Tuesday that the 15-year-old male student had a gun in a pink Nike backpack, according to the incident report. Officers took him to the principal’s office, searched the bag and found a 9 mm Ruger P94DC with additional ammo in a magazine, according to the report.

There was a round in the gun’s chamber, Goose Creek police Capt. John Grainger said.

The student told officers he had the gun because somebody had been threatening him on social media. He said he got the weapon from a friend named DJ at the Exxon gas station on Ashley Phosphate Road, according to the report. He told officers he did not plan to use the gun at school but wanted it for protection after school.

The student was charged with carrying firearms on school property, possession of a pistol and disturbing school. He was ordered to stay off school property and turned over to his mother until an appearance in Berkeley County Family Court.

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