Lady's Island Middle student brought bullets to school; students not in danger

Four Lady's Island Middle School students have been charged with disturbing school after bullets were found on campus.

No one was hurt, and no threat was reported, according to Beaufort Police Deputy Chief Dale McDorman.

A student told a school staff member that another student had brought bullets and possibly a gun to school, and that a few students playing with the bullets, according to a press release from the Beaufort Police Department.

The school was placed on lockdown while staff, Beaufort police officers and deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office searched the school.

"It was an immediate response," Beaufort County School District protective services chief Chris Barrow said. "The school did the right thing by taking the precaution and going on lockdown. There was good cooperation between police and the school. The school does practice these drills, so there's not a lot of confusion."

Barrow said the lockdown was lifted by 1 p.m.

Police discovered that a seventh-grader had brought 17 .22-caliber bullets to the school that he had found at his grandfather's house, McDorman said. He did not bring a gun. He and three other boys in seventh grade were charged.

Four students have been charged with disturbing schools, according to the press release.

Beaufort Academy was also on lockdown related to the incident, according to a witness.

Check back with the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet for more details as they become available.