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Over 31,000 South Carolina Students to Participate in State’s 17th Annual National Day of Concern & Student Pledge Against Gun Violence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), along their local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, will visit schools across South Carolina to meet with students as a part of South Carolina’s 17th Annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence.  With a focus on keeping their schools and communities safe, students in middle school and high school are signing 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 are making a simpler commitment, pledging that if they see a gun they will not touch it, they will tell a teacher or a trusted adult, and they will assume that any gun they see might be loaded.            

The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national program that recognizes the role young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence. The program provides a means for beginning the conversation with young people about gun violence and encourages important conversation among young people about gun safety and respectful ways to resolve disputes. Students from around the country will join together in pledging to do their part. For additional information concerning the pledge, visit the national Student Pledge website at .

As it has done since 2002, the USAO reached out to all South Carolina law enforcement agencies and schools to make the pledges available to interested schools. This pledge effort is part of Project CeaseFire, which is South Carolina’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a national program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. One year ago, in October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all USAOs to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001. 

The following South Carolina schools and local law enforcement agencies are participating in this year’s pledge on October 17th.  A total of 59 schools across the state are participating in this year’s pledge event, some of which requested speakers for their pledge event, as noted below with an “asterisk”. For information on events scheduled for a particular school, please contact that school directly. The USAO would like to thank the FBI, ATF, and United States Marshals Service for their assistance in providing speakers to the 28 requesting schools. For additional information concerning the pledge, visit the national Student Pledge web site at

Participating Schools


A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School – Columbia*

Austin Middle School – Summerville*

A. R. Lewis Opportunity School - Pickens

Applied Technology Center – Rock Hill

Battery Creek High School – Beaufort*

Beaufort Middle School – Beaufort*

Blacksburg Middle School -Blacksburg*

Burke High School – Charleston*

C.E. Williams Middle School - Charleston

Cane Bay Middle School - Summerville

Castle Heights Middle School – Rock Hill

Cheraw Intermediate School – Cheraw*

Clover 9th Grade Campus - Clover

Clover High School - Clover

Dutchman Creek Middle School – Rock Hill

Forest Heights Elementary School – Columbia*

Gilbert High School – Gilbert*

Gold Hill Middle School – Tega Cay

Greer High School - Greer

Hardeeville - Ridgeland Middle School - Ridgeland*

Hilton Head High School – Hilton Head

Hilton Head Island Middle School – Hilton Head Island

James Island Charter High School – James Island

Ladson Elementary - Ladson

Lee Central High School - Bishopville

Liberty Elementary School – Liberty*

Lemira Elementary School - Sumter

Longleaf Middle School - Columbia*

Macedonia Middle School – Moncks Corner*

McCormick High School - McCormick*

McCormick Middle School - McCormick*

Midlands Art Conservatory - Columbia*

Myrtle Beach High School – Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Middle School – Myrtle Beach

North Augusta Middle School – North Augusta

Northwest Elementary School - Gaffney*

Northwestern High School – Rock Hill

Oakbrook Middle School - Ladson

Oakridge Middle School – Clover

Ocean Drive Elementary School – Myrtle Beach

Paul Knox Middle School – North Augusta

Pepperhill Elementary School - Charleston*

Pine Grove Elementary School - Columbia*

Pine Ridge Middle School – West Columbia

Rawlinson Road Middle School – Rock Hill

Richland One Middle College - Columbia*

Robert Small International Academy - Beaufort

Rock Hill High School – Rock Hill*

South Pointe High School – Rock Hill

St. George Middle School – St. George*

St. James - Santee Elementary Middle School - McClellanville*

St. James Intermediate School - Charleston

St. John's High School – John’s Island*

Sullivan Middle School – Rock Hill

Summerville High School - Summerville*

Ware Shoals Primary School –Ware Shoals*

Washington Street Elementary -Hartsville*

W.J. Keenan High School - Columbia

Whale Branch Early College High School - Seabrook*

Whale Branch Middle School – Seabrook


Participating Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Beaufort Police Department

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office

Charleston Police Department

City of Charleston Department of Police

Columbia Police Department

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department

Greer Police Department

Hardeeville Police Department

McCormick Sheriff’s Department

Midlands Technical College

Myrtle Beach Police Department

North Augusta Department of Public Safety

North Charleston Police Department

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Rock Hill Police Department

St. George Police Department

Summerville Police Department

Sumter Police Department

Tega Cay Police Department

Town of Summerville

York County Sheriff’s Office





Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated October 15, 2018

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