A 17-year-old Battery High School student was accused of carrying a knife to school Thursday, authorities say.
A school employee saw Patrick Shelby leave a restroom at about 10:30 a.m. and smelled cigarette smoke on him, according to Beaufort County School District spokesman Jim Foster. He was searched for cigarettes, but officials found a 2 1/4 - inch knife on him.
Shelby, of Beaufort, is being charged as an adult for carrying a weapon on school property. The charge is a felony in South Carolina and, if convicted, could result in a fine of as much as $1,000, as long as five years in prison or both. Only blades two inches or longer make the carrier guilty of a violation.
Shelby was booked at the Beaufort County Detention Center but released a few hours later on his own recognizance.