Tim Waller with Greenville County Schools has confirmed a Hillcrest High student was brought into the school office for questioning this morning.
According to the release, a SRO and administrator took possession of the student’s backpack.
The student then fled the school campus.
The release further said a search of the backpack revealed a loaded handgun.
Hillcrest remains on lockout at this time.
We will update this story as details come in.
UPDATE from the City of Simpsonville
Simpsonville, S.C. — School resource officers at Hillcrest High School were notified today at about 9:15 a.m. that a student on campus was in possession of alcohol. After the student, a juvenile, was confronted about the alcohol found on his person, the student left his bookbag behind and took off running, upon which more officers were requested to respond at about 9:25 a.m.
A search of the bookbag was completed, and a loaded handgun was found.
Hillcrest High School and Bryson Middle School were placed on lockdown during the investigation. Hillcrest High School remains on a lockout for the remainder of the day, while Bryson Middle School is now operating under normal conditions.
There were no injuries or active threats by the student reported in this incident. The investigation is active and ongoing.
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