No response from Florence 1 Schools after loaded gun found in high school student’s car

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence 1 Schools has not responded to multiple News13 requests for more information after a loaded bolt action rifle was found in a South Florence High School student’s car on Dec. 14.

Information about the incident came from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office last week, but at no point has the district responded to News13’s additional questions. News13 reached out Friday, Monday and again on Tuesday to the district’s superintendent, Dr. Richard O’Malley, as well as district representatives Pam Little-McDaniel and Melissa Rollins.

News13 asked the district if parents and media were notified of the incident, and if so, when. We’ve also asked if the district has suspended the 16-year-old or taken any action beyond what law enforcement did.

Despite not responding to News13’s messages, the district has sent out media releases about a teacher certification program and an upcoming sports news conference over the past few days.

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Caleb is a digital producer at News13. Caleb joined the team in January 2023 after graduating from Liberty University. He is from Northern Virginia. Follow Caleb on X, formerly Twitter, and read more of his work here.

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