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Charleston Police investigate a homicide in the parking lot of the Citadel Mall around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 in West Ashley. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Moncks Corner police arrested a 15-year-old Berkeley High School student Thursday after district officials reported he brought a loaded gun to school.

School officials told authorities they received a tip that a student was in possession of a weapon in his backpack after displaying it at a bus stop, said Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic. 

At the start of the school day, around 9 a.m., Ollic said, officers responded to the campus and searched the student's belongings where they recovered a loaded firearm.

"We received a report from a concerned citizen who observed a juvenile at a bus stop with what appeared to be a weapon. We took immediate action to locate the juvenile and conducted a search in cooperation with law enforcement," the school said on its Facebook page. "During the search, we did locate and secure a loaded gun. We are following all school and district procedures and are working with law enforcement to address this matter."

The student, who has not been identified since he is a juvenile, was charged with possession of a firearm and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

He was taken to a juvenile detention center and awaits a hearing before a family court judge, Ollic said.

A spokesperson for the Berkeley County School District could not immediately be reached for comment.

This incident marks the second time in two weeks that a Berkeley County student has been accused of bringing a firearm to campus. On Oct. 16, a 16-year-old boy fled Stratford High School after Goose Creek police said they recovered a handgun in his book bag.

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.