Greenville County School District officials say a student’s shooting in a high school cafeteria Friday morning was accidental.
District spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said the student was taken to the hospital. “The principal of Southside High School called EMS for a student with a gunshot wound,” she said. “That student was shot in the cafeteria area of the school. The student was conscious and talking was assisted by the school until other law enforcement and until EMS arrived.”
A Greenville County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said two students had handled the gun before placing it inside a backpack at the time, when it suddenly fired and hit one of the two. Lt. James Beaver said the other student 17-year-old Braylin Scott has now been charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, disturbing schools and carrying a weapon onto school property. Scott is being charged as an adult. The spokesman said the 16-year-old student who was shot will also face the same charges once he is released from the hospital. The victim’s name was not released because he is a minor.
Law enforcement set up a perimeter around the school in south Greenville for several hours after the incident, even though they did not believe there was any outside danger. Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster said a third student turned in the gun to Southside’s principal shortly after coming into possession of it.
School officials did not allow anyone inside a perimeter until the situation was over. By 2:30 p.m. the district was allowing student drivers to leave campus and for parents to pick up their teens.