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South Aiken High student caught with ‘realistic’ BB gun on campus

February 7, 2018

A 15-year-old South Aiken High School student was arrested Monday and charged with carrying a weapon on school property after he was caught with a BB gun, according to a police incident report.

Aiken Department of Public Safety officers responded to the school Monday afternoon after a school administrator called and stated a student reported he or she had seen the juvenile in possession of a handgun, which he was keeping in a red bag, the report states.

The juvenile was brought to the main office and searched, at which point, a black handgun with a silencer was found in his red bag, according to the report.

Officers asked the student about the gun, and he said he “did not know where the gun came from,” according to the report.

The juvenile was then arrested and taken to Aiken Public Safety headquarters. Investigators began to speak with the juvenile, and he finally admitted he was trading BB guns with another student on school grounds Monday morning, according to the report.

Lt. Jake Mahoney, with Public Safety, said the BB gun looked “very realistic.”

Officers notified the school about the second juvenile, but administrators reported they were unable to locate him on school grounds, the report states.

Public Safety is still investigating the incident, and more juveniles could be facing charges.

Dr. Sean Alford, superintendent of the Aiken County Public Schools, said the incident was an “unfortunate circumstance,” but he was appreciative of how quickly everyone responded to the situation.

“The students have been coached and encouraged to report things like this,” Alford said. “I’m glad the students, the school administrators and law enforcement responded so quickly and appropriately.”

Monday’s incident comes a little more than a year after shots rang out following a basketball game at South Aiken High.

On Jan. 27, 2017, a fight broke out around 9 p.m. at the entrance of South Aiken. In all the commotion, a 13-year-old girl, a 45-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were shot.

Rakish Breon Jenkins, 19, was charged in the incident. He faces three counts of attempted murder, two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and carrying a weapon on school property, according to jail records.

Jenkins filed a motion for a bond request on Jan. 26, 2018, but his request was denied. He is still being held at the Aiken County detention center.

A second suspect, Dedrick Dashaun Nelson, 19, of Beech Island, also was arrested in connection with the South Aiken shooting; however, he was only charged with carrying a pistol on school property and unlawful carrying of a pistol, records show.

Nelson was released from the detention center on Feb. 3, 2017, on a $50,000 bond.

Alford said the Aiken County School District has implimented “tremendous protocols” since the shooting and Monday was a good example of the protocol’s effectiveness in bad situations.