Christopher Kyle McNeill, 17, was arrested after the school resource officer and a school administrator found a .380-caliber pistol in his car, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chad McBride said.
“Nobody was hurt or anything like that,” McBride.
A statement from the school district said the incident was resolved without anyone being hurt.
“We are confident that the initial argument has been settled to the satisfaction of all involved,” the statement said. “Safety at Wren High School is our top priority, and we want you to be confident that we will be diligent in our efforts to continue to make Wren an excellent learning environment.”
Anderson One Associate Superintendent David Havird said the student has been recommended for expulsion. The student is a senior, and if expelled will likely attend the Anderson County Alternative School. He should still be on track to graduate by the end of the 2010-’11 school year, Havird said.
McBride said he isn’t aware of any other cases this school year in which a student was charged with having a gun on school grounds.
“It’s very uncommon these days. … Especially after Columbine, things changed,” he said.
Statement from Anderson One
I wanted to inform parents of an incident that occurred this week. On Tuesday, two students had a verbal altercation. The altercation involved some verbal threats between the two students and some of their friends. Wednesday morning we were informed that a student (not directly involved in the initial verbal altercation) may have a weapon in their vehicle. A search of the student’s vehicle discovered a handgun. The student was arrested and has been recommended for expulsion. No students were harmed during this incident. We have no information at this time that would make us believe that there are any further issues between any of the students. We are confident that the initial argument has been settled to the satisfaction of all involved. Safety at Wren High School is our top priority and we want you to be confident that we will be diligent in our efforts to continue to make Wren an excellent learning environment. If you have further questions, you may contact the school directly.