Boiling Springs High School was locked down briefly on Tuesday. (Oct. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Daniel McAbee (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
Daniel McAbee in bond court. (Oct. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A former Boiling Springs High School student was found outside of the school with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon, prompting a brief lockdown, according to the school district.
Spartanburg School District 2 spokeswoman Rhonda Henderson said 17-year-old Daniel McAbee, who had transferred out of the school, was in a car waiting on his mom. She said the teen's mom was inside the school when someone noticed a weapon.
Spartanburg County deputies said another parent pulled up, noticed the BB gun and called 911, putting the school on lockdown while deputies investigated.
Deputies said they had it under control quickly and the teen never pointed the gun at anyone or left the car.
Henderson said the teen was arrested and charged with having a weapon on campus. She said he had a CO2 pellet pistol on him.
McAbee was also charged with disturbing a school.
Henderson said the following message was sent to parents by the school's principal, Chuck Gordon, about the lockdown:
"Parents, I want to inform you of an incident that put our school on lockdown today. First, let me assure you that your student is safe. Following a tip from a caller alerting us that someone was spotted on campus with what appeared to be a weapon, the school was immediately put on lockdown. A former student was located in a car in the parking lot and has been arrested for possession of a CO2 pellet pistol. He was in the car waiting for his mother, who was in the school. We appreciate the cooperation we received from all students on campus and the quick response of school staff and law enforcement in getting the situation taken care of quickly. The safety of our students is always our first priority."
At a bond hearing Tuesday evening, a bond court magistrate gave McAbee a $2,000 bond. If released, the magistrate ordered McAbee to wear a monitor.
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