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.