Two Hamburg students were arrested Thursday after the school administration received an anonymous tip that there was a gun on the Hamburg High School campus.
The Hamburg School District said in a news release that the administration of Hamburg High School received reports about a potential gun on campus and “swift action” was taken.
School Resource Officer William Hughes began investigating immediately with the assistance of the Hamburg Police Department and the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office, and two juveniles were taken into custody.
The HSD release said that, “no threat was made in reference to the firearm,” and that “at no time were any students in danger, but due to the serious nature of this offense swift action was taken. As always our students’ safety is and always will be this administrations number one goal.”
The release also stated that — because of the students’ ages — no names would be released and the school would not make any further statements at this time.
Hamburg Police Chief Johnny Oliver confirmed Monday that the weapon found was a .22-caliber handgun and that the information involving the two students had been submitted to the 10th Judicial District’s Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The police chief said school safety is a priority and the department is taking the matter very seriously.
“There is still an investigation, but we are going to take this matter very seriously and prosecute to the fullest, in today’s world you can never be too careful,” Oliver said.
Oliver said that as of Monday evening it appeared one of the students was trying to sell the handgun to the other.
Oliver said he was pleased with the way the school resource officer on campus handled the situation, and said the his department and the school work very well together.
“I commend our SRO officer and the school administration and I think the situation was handled in the best way possible,” Oliver said. “The safety of our students is a top priority for us and for the school district.”