Deputies: Lockdown Lifted at White Knoll HS after search for student
Student detained by deputies and suspended
LEXINGTON, SC (WOLO)– A lockdown Monday afternoon at White Knoll High School has been lifted.
According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, the lockdown was in place while a student was being sought. The student has been detained and the scene is secure, say deputies.
In a letter to parents, the district said the lockdown was prompted after a report that a student had a gun.
According to the District, the student was found around 3:30pm by deputies, along with another student. That student had a knife and was also detained by law enforcement, according to the district.
The District says both students will be suspended immediately and recommended for expulsion.
Below is the message sent to parents from Principal Ted Daughtry:
Earlier today, students reported to staff that a White Knoll High School student had a handgun on campus. We notified law enforcement.
Administrators placed the school on lockdown to search for the student. During that search, students and staff remained locked inside classrooms and offices for their safety.
Just before 3:30 p.m., law enforcement caught the student outside the school, but still on campus. He was detained without incident.
The student was taken in custody and faces criminal charges.
Another student was also found with him. That student had a knife and was also detained by law enforcement. She will face charges, too.
Both students will be suspended immediately and recommended for expulsion.
Though this is an alarming situation, I am proud of the students who came forward to report this incident. 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.
I encourage our students to always tell a staff member if they hear about or witness any threat to our safety. We take all reports seriously.
If they are uncomfortable coming to an administrator or teacher, we have a Tip Line (803-636-8317) where they can anonymously call or text concerns. The Midlands Crimestoppers program also takes anonymous reports. That telephone number is 1-888-274-6372.
Thank you for your help.
Lexington Co. Sheriff Jay Koon also released a statement it reads, “The response at White Knoll High School today lead to a lot of concern from the school’s students, teachers, and staff as well as those who live and work near the school. As the situation developed our top priority was the safety and security of the campus and the surrounding area.
We located and detained a student who had a gun after students reported to school administrators he was armed on campus. We also detained a second female student who was with the male student. The female had a knife.
We’re working to determine the criminal charges these students will face as part of our ongoing investigation.
This is a case of the system working. Students spoke up and told administrators what they heard. Because they did the right thing, we worked together to make sure teachers, staff, and students remained safe, and the day ended peacefully.”