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Over 45,000 Students Pledge Against Gun Violence

October 17, 2013

Contact Person: Lance Crick (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced that, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, students from across South Carolina signed pledges to keep their schools and communities safe as participants in South Carolina’s 12th  Annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence.  Students in middle school and high school signed 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 made 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 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 joined together yesterday 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, just as in years past, the response to the pledge campaign has been outstanding, with over 45,000 students from across the state agreeing to take part.  "Once again our office is pleased to take this opportunity to reach out to South Carolina students with an effort to engage students, teachers, and administrators to facilitate 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, student resource officers, and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to make the pledges available, providing the pledges to each requesting school.  Below is a list of South Carolina schools that participated in this year's pledge.  For additional information concerning the pledge, visit the national Student Pledge website at


Participating Schools Included:

Academic Magnet High

Aiken County Career and Technology Center

Baptist Hill High School

Beech Hill Elementary

Blacksburg High School

Blacksburg Middle School

Brockington Elementary Magnet School

Brockington Elementary Magnet School

Brunson Elementary

Brunson-Dargan Elementary School

Burton-Pack Elementary School

Byrd Elementary School

Carolina School for Inquiry

Castle Heights Middle School

Cheraw Intermediate School

Cherokee Trail Elementary

Clearwater Elementary School

Clover High School

Conway Elementary School

Crosswell Drive Elementary School

Dacusville Elementary School

Darlington High School

Denmark-Olar High

Dover Elementary School

East Elementary School

Ebenezer Middle School

Edisto Elementary School

Estill High School

Fairfax Elementary

Fair-Oak Elementary

Fair-Oak Elementary School

Flat Rock Elementary School

Forestbrook Middle School

Gaffney Middle School

Gloverville Elementary School

Goucher Elementary School

Great Falls Elementary School

Great Falls Elementary School

Guinyard-Butler Middle School

Hanahan Middle

Hillcrest Middle

Hunter Street Elementary School

Indian Land Middle School

Jasper County Alternative School

John C. Calhoun Elementary

John De La Howe El

John de la Howe School

John P. Thomas Elementary School

Johnakin Middle School

Johnakin Middle School

Ladson Elementary School

Lake View Elementary School

Laurens Middle School

Leavelle McCampbell Middle School

Limestone-Central Elementary School

Macedonia Middle School

Main Street Elementary School

Marrington Middle School of the Arts

Marrington Middle School of the Arts

Mayewood Middle School

McColl Elementary/Middle School

McCormick Middle School

McKissick Elementary School

Meadowfield Elementary School

Myrtle Beach High School

Myrtle Beach Middle School

North District Middle School

North Myrtle Beach Primary School

Northside Middle School

Oakridge Middle School

Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School

Pate Elementary School

Petersburg Primary School

Pocalla Springs Elementary School

R.H. Fulmer Middle School

Ridgeland Hardeeville High School

Rock Hill High School

Ronald E. McNair Middle School

Saluda Trail Middle School

Sanders Middle School

South Pointe High School

Starr-Iva Middle School

Sumter County Career Center

Tamassee-Salem  Elementary School

Whale Branch Middle School

York Middle School


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