Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that on Thursday, October 26, the school resource officer and administrator at Newberry High School secured and safely removed a firearm that was brought to the school by a student Sheriff Foster said that the weapon was located in the student’s backpack and was not displayed and no threats were made to anyone with the weapon. The weapon was discovered as part of an unrelated investigation. The weapon was a 9mm pistol. There were bullets in the clip but no round was in the chamber.
Quinderaus Lindler, 17, of 1615 Dominick Avenue, Newberry, SC was arrested and will be charged with Carrying a Weapon on School Property.
“I would like to commend both the staff and SRO at Newberry High School for their safe and professional handling of this situation,” said Sheriff Foster. “This is certainly a very serious situation and this is clear proof that our partnership and training with the school district is critical to handling such incidents.”
“Ensuring the safety and security of District students and employees is our top priority, and the situation that occurred on Thursday morning was handled immediately by the District and local law enforcement in compliance with the District’s established safety procedures,” said School District of Newberry County Superintendent Jim Suber. “Matters involving firearms are handled in accordance with Newberry County School District’s student disciplinary policies and state law. To that end, the District is not able to comment on any action taken with respect to any individual students.”
Both leaders said that the investigation to why and how the gun was brought to the school was still under investigation, but at this point there was no indication of a specific threat to any staff or students. “The District continues to properly monitor the protection and wellbeing of our students and em ployees, which is paramount. We encourage our families to speak with their children about safety and to reiterate that the District has an open-door policy with regard to any individual concerns or complaints about these types of issues that affect our community and our schools. We stand committed to the success of our students, which includes providing a learning environment that is safe and secure for everyone,” Mr. Suber went on to say.