Teen Charged with Having Pistol in School

Newberry Deputies and City Police responded to Newberry High School yesterday morning to investigate a student allegedly having brought a gun to school. The Sheriff’s Office reported that at approximately 10:51 am a student in a classroom at Newberry High opened his book bag and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol fell onto the floor. The teacher noticed this and approached the student. At that point, a semi-automatic pistol reportedly fell onto the floor. As the teacher attempted to take control of the firearm the student gathered the pistol and fled the classroom. Video evidence showed the student crossing the street and retrieving a Nissan Altima from a Burger King parking lot. He fled the scene in that car.

School Administration utilized the Active Shooter Alarm and law enforcement along with first responders went to the school to complete a lock down.

The suspect was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies on Interstate 26 near the Chapin Exit.

Sheriff Lee Foster and Chief Roy McClurkin stated that 18-year-old Anthony Quavadre Blakely of Silverstreet was charged with Possession of a Weapon on School Campus and with Disorderly Conduct. He was to face a bond hearing on those charges today.