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Police: Teen arrested after bringing BB gun, trying to distribute pills at Hillcrest High

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Simpsonville police said a teen who had a BB gun at Hillcrest High School was arrested Tuesday morning.

Beth Brotherton, a Greenville County Schools spokesperson, said a school resource officer at Hillcrest High School got a tip that a former student may have been in the school parking lot with a gun.  

“When the SRO and the assistant principal went to investigate the suspect fled in his vehicle,” Brotherton said. “He got stuck in car line traffic and swerved off the road and into a fence along Industrial Drive.”

Brotherton said the suspect continued onto I-385 and was apprehended by Simpsonville police.

Simpsonville police said they located the suspect on I-385 North near US 276. Police pulled over the suspect's vehicle and identified the driver as 17-year-old Clayton Keith Hopkins.

According to arrest warrants, Hopkins tried to distribute prescription pills at the school and also displayed the BB gun in plain view.

Police said Hopkins was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and reckless driving. He as transferred to the Greenville County Detention Center on an $11,000 surety bond.

"Nobody was injured and school is operating as normal," said Tiffany Cherry, a spokesperson for the city of Simpsonville.

Master Deputy Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office credited the relationships the 2 SRO's have with their students. All SRO's in the county are overseen by a member of the Sheriff's office. Flood said they go through training on how to handle school situations and be approachable to students.

"That's a key example of the importance of building that report with the students. So that they feel comfortable with relaying information to law enforcement," explained Flood, "So they're not being considered as someone who is telling on their fellow students, but something that's serious."

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