Forest Hills student nabbed with loaded gun, marijuana

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 06:47 PM

The Union County Sheriff's deputies arrested an 18-year-old Forest Hills High School student in connection with possession of a loaded gun and marijuana Monday.

Stephon Chavis Clyburn, who is a senior at the school, has been charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with the Monday incident.

Around 1:45 p.m., a Forest Hills High School resource officer responded to a request from school administration concerning Clyburn. Deputy Yohance Prince accompanied staff as they questioned Clyburn and took him into custody for possession of marijuana. A search of Clyburn and his book bag uncovered a loaded handgun and an additional bag of marijuana. A trace later confirmed the weapon to be stolen, according to a statement from the Union County Sheriff's Office.

"The administration was acting on a tip and conducted an investigation," Rob Jackson, a spokesperson for Union County Public Schools, said in reference to the search and discovery of the gun Monday.

After these types of situations, the school system works to review its safety planning and discipline polices to better ensure the safety of its students, which was done after Monday's incident.  Though the gun was loaded, it had not been fired and no one was hurt at the school, he said. 

Sheriff Eddie Cathey credits the quick action of the school administration and the school resource deputy for the safe resolution of this potentially dangerous incident. Clyburn has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of a firearm on a school campus, carry a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a March 5 court date and was placed under a $2,500 secured bond, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office statement.