GREENVILLE, NC — Greenville police are investigating an incident where they say a 16-year-old teen was treated for a gunshot graze to the buttocks.
Police responded to ECU Health Medical Center around 6 p.m. to investigate. Officials said the incident happened at 3:45 p.m. on a Pitt County school bus leaving South Central High School. Officials believe the teen was injured as a result of an accidental discharge. It was not a targeted incident.
No other injuries were reported.
On Friday, Greenville police said in a Facebook post that the suspect was a 14-year-old. Numerous witnesses have also been interviewed. The teen was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm on school property. He was taken into custody and additional charges are forthcoming, officials said.
Friday afternoon, Pitt County Schools’ Communications & Media Relations Director, Tom McClellan issued this statement from the school system:
“While the investigation process remains ongoing regarding Thursday afternoon’s incident involving a weapon and accidental discharge on a Pitt County Schools bus, our district is committed to full transparency in communication with our community. We are aware of the speculation that exists in regards to the development of this particular circumstance, and we are addressing those in great detail within the scope of our own query.
“PCS has very specific reporting protocols for any incident involving students and staff, both in our schools and buses, and it is disappointing anytime there is an apparent deviation from what we have in place. Weapons of any kind are expressly prohibited on our campuses and in all transportation vehicles, so heightening and enhancing our existing diligence is underscored. We are having and will continue to have impactful conversations with our staff to determine areas that need additional resources or be held accountable.
“We are thankful the injury sustained by our student in this incident was limited in severity, but we all know the outcome could have been much different. PCS has a symbiotic relationship with its families and we must continue that spirit of collaboration.”