Officials: Student Shoots Self in Leg During Class

September 1, 2017, 6:54 pm EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (ALEX HEATON, WTAT-TV) — A North Charleston high school student is recovering from a gunshot wound after police say he shot himself in the leg during class.

The North Charleston Police Department is still trying to figure out exactly how a student was able to get a gun inside the school and inside a classroom Friday afternoon.

While there are still a lot of questions left unanswered, we have learned that a teacher was in the classroom around 1:00 p.m. when she heard a pop sound. The teacher then began to walk around and the classroom to determine what that sound was, and began to smell what is believed to be gunpowder.

She told all of the students to exit the classroom, and just a few moments later police spotted a male student on East Montague Avenue, just near the school, with a gunshot wound to the leg.

That student was detained and taken to a nearby hospital where they are being treated for those injuries.

Right now, the investigation is ongoing.

We reached out to the North Charleston Police Department for an interview but they declined our request.

The Charleston County School District also declined our request for an interview but later released a statement which says in part “NCHS and CCSD officials take this matter seriously, and a proper and thorough review of this incident and safety procedures will be conducted.”