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over 67,600 students to pledge against gun violence

October 16, 2012

Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000

COLUMBIA, SC — United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced that on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, members of the U. S. Attorney's Office and their law enforcement partners will meet with students across South Carolina as part of as part of South Carolina’s 11th annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence.    Middle and high school students will sign a voluntary pledge promising that they will never take a gun to school, will never resolve a dispute with a gun, and will use their influence to prevent friends from using guns to resolve disputes.  Elementary school children will make a simpler commitment, pledging that if they see a gun they will not touch it, they will assume that any gun they see might be loaded, and they will tell a teacher or a trusted adult.                   
The effort is part of South Carolina’s Project CeaseFire, which is South Carolina’s implementation of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which is aimed at reducing gun violence.  The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national program that recognizes the role that young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence.  This campaign against youth gun violence culminates each October in a “Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence.” The program provides a means for beginning the conversation with young people about gun violence.  Students from around the country will join together in pledging to do their part to end gun violence.  Over the years, millions of students nationwide have signed the pledge. 
Mr. Nettles said that the response to the pledge campaign has been outstanding, with approximately 67,672 students from 138 schools across the state agreeing to take part.   "Once again our office is pleased to take this opportunity to reach out to South Carolina students and engage in a dialogue with students about gun violence and the importance of making right choices," stated Mr. Nettles.
The U.S. Attorney's Office worked with schools and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to make the pledges available.  In addition to providing the pledges, the U.S. Attorney's Office coordinated with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, to provide speakers to go out to schools across South Carolina and talk to students about what they can do to reduce gun violence.
The following South Carolina schools are participating in this year's pledge on October 17th.  For information on any events scheduled for a particular school, please contact the school.  For additional information concerning the pledge, visit the national Student Pledge website at




Participating Schools

A.C. Corcoran Elementary School, North Charleston
A.J. Whittenberg - School of Engineering, Greenville
Aiken Middle School, Aiken
Allendale-Fairfax Middle School, Fairfax
Angel Oak Elementary School, John’s Island
Arden Elementary School, Columbia
Aynor High School, Aynor
Beaufort Middle School, Beaufort
Ben Hazel Primary, Hampton
Black Water Middle School, Conway
Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg
Blackville-Hilda Junior High School,
Blaney Elementary School, Elgin
Bleinheim Elementary School, Blenheim
Blue Ridge Elementary School, Seneca
Boundary Street Elementary School, Newberry
Britton’s Neck Elementary School, Gresham
Brockington Elementary Magnet School, Darlington
Brookland-Cayce High School, Cayce
Brunson Elementary School, Brunson
Burton-Pack Elementary School, Columbia
C.A. Johnson High School, Columbia
Carolina School of Inquiry, Columbia
Carver-Lyon Elementary School, Columbia
Castle Heights Middle School, Rock Hill
Cherokee Trail Elementary School, Donalds
Chester Park Elementary School, Chester
Chukker Creek Elementary School, Aiken
Clover High School, Clover
Clover Middle School, Clover
College Park Middle School, Ladson
Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary School, Chesnee
Cottageville Elementary School, Walterboro
Crosswell Drive Elementary School, Sumter
Darlington High School, Darlington
Doby’s Mill Elementary School, Lugoff
Douglas Elementary School, Trenton
Dover Elementary School, North
East Elementary School, Dillon
Edisto Elementary School, Cordova
Edward E. Taylor Elementary School, Columbia
Ewing Middle School, Gaffney
F.J. DeLaine Elementary School, Wedgefield
Fairfax Elementary School, Fairfax
Fairfield Elementary School, Winnsboro
Fairfield Middle School, Winnsboro
Fair-Oak Elementary School, Westminister
Ford Elementary School, Laurens
Forest Heights Elementary School, Columbia
Forestbrook Middle School, Myrtle Beach
Foster Park Elementary School, Union
Gaffney High School, Gaffney
Gilbert High School, Gilbert
Gray Court-Owings Middle School,
Great Falls Middle School, Great Falls
Greer High School, Greer
Greer Middle School, Greer
Guinyard-Butler Middle School, Barnwell
H.B. Rhame, Jr. Elementary School, Columbia
Hand Middle School, Columbia
Hannah-Pamplico High School, Pamplico
Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School, Dorchester
High Hills Elementary School, Shaw Air Force Base
Hillcrest Middle School, Sumter
Hopkins Elementary School, Hopkins
Indian Land Middle School, Indian Land
J.C. Lynch Elementary School, Coward
J. Paul Truluck Middle School, Lake City
James H. Hendrix - International Baccalaureate World School, Boiling Springs
Jane Edwards Elementary School, Edisto Island
Johnakin Middle School, Marion
Johnsonville Elementary School, Johnsonville
Kingstree Middle School, Kingstree
Ladson Elementary School, Ladson
Lady’s Island Elementary School, Beaufort
Lady’s Island Middle School, Beaufort
Lake City Elementary School, Lake City
Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, Graniteville
Lewisville Elementary School, Richburg
Liberty Elementary School, Liberty
Liberty High School, Liberty
Lincoln Middle-High School, McClellanville
Logan Elementary School, Columbia
Luther L. Vaughn Elementary School, Gaffney
Macedonia Middle School, Moncks Corner
Main Street Elementary School, Lake City
Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School, North Charleston
Marion Intermediate School, Marion
Marlboro County High School, Bennettsville
Mary Bramlett Elementary School, Gaffney
Mary Ford Elementary School, North Charleston
Mary H. Wright Elementary School, Spartanburg
McBee High School, McBee
McCormick Elementary School, McCormick
McCormick High School, McCormick
McCormick Middle School, McCormick
Mellichamp Elementary School, Orangeburg
Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School, Charleston
Moore Intermediate School, Florence
Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach Middle School, Myrtle Beach
New Heights Middle School, Jefferson
North Aiken Elementary School, Aiken
North Central Middle School, Kershaw
North Charleston Elementary School, North Charleston
North Hartsville Elementary School, Hartsville
North Myrtle Beach Primary School, North Myrtle Beach
Northside Elementary School, Walterboro
Northside Middle School, West Columbia
Northwest Elementary School, Gaffney
Pate Elementary School, Darlington
Pepperhill Elementary School, Charleston Heights
Petersburg Primary School, Pageland
Pine Tree Hill Elementary School, Camden
Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Sumter
R.E. Davis Elementary School, Sumter
R.H. Fulmer Middle School, West Columbia
Rivelon Elementary School, Orangeburg
Robert Smalls Middle School, Burton
Ronald E. McNair Middle School, Lake City
Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School, Society Hill
Saluda Trail Middle School, Rock Hill
Sanders Middle School, Laurens
Scranton Elementary School, Scranton
South Elementary School, Dillon
South Middle School, Lancaster
Stewart Heights Elementary School, Dillon
Tamassee-Salem Elementary School, Tamassee
Union County High School, Union
W. B. Goodwin Elementary School, Charleston Heights
W.A. Perry Middle School, Columbia
W.J. Keenan High School, Columbia
Ware Shoals Elementary School, Ware Shoals
Wateree Elementary School, Lugoff
West Ashley Middle School, Charleston
Whale Branch Middle, Seabrook
Williams Middle School, Florence

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