Beaufort News

Knife, marijuana found at track meet

A Hardeeville High School student faces charges after he brought marijuana and a knife to a track meet at Whale Branch Early College High School, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

A hall monitor told a deputy on duty at the school that a boy and girl went to off-limits baseball dugouts. The deputy identified them as Hardeeville students and saw the 17-year-old boy smoking a cigarette, according to the report.

The boy apologized for smoking on school grounds and repeatedly said he did not have anything illegal on him. However, during a search the deputy found a clear plastic bag filled with 17 grams of what is suspected to marijuana, the report said.

Authorities also found a spring-loaded, serrated pocket knife and a digital scale with suspected marijuana, according to the report.

"I just wanted to help my mom with money, and I couldn't get a job," the boy told deputies, according to the report.

He was charged with bringing a weapon on school property and possession of marijuana.