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16-year-old detained after bringing a gun to area high school football game

A 16-year-old Grays Hill teen was detained Friday night after deputies discovered that he brought a handgun into the Whale Branch High School football stadium where Whale Branch High School was playing Estill High School.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022, deputies patrolling the Whale Branch football stadium encountered a teenager near the concession stand who had dropped an item on the ground.

As deputies approached, he tried to conceal the item that he dropped.

Deputies tried to detain the teen causing him to drop the item again, which is when they discovered that it was a handgun.  While deputies were collecting the gun – ensuring the firearm was unloaded and safe – the teen ran away.

The student’s identity and address were provided by school officials who were attending the game.

Deputies went to the teen’s home shortly after the initial encounter.  There, they spoke with the teen and his mother.

At approximately 10:20 p.m., he was detained and transported to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.  He is charged with carrying a weapon on school property.

As a reminder, no weapons of any kind are allowed on school property.