CCSO arrests Columbia High student with firearm

Columbia High School - Lake City
Columbia High School - Lake City
C.J. Gish
Nicholas Moreland
Courtesy Columbia County Sheriff's Office Nicholas Moreland

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a student on Thursday who had a firearm inside his vehicle in the Columbia High School (CHS) parking lot.

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) press release, a CHS resource deputy arrested 17-year-old Nicholas Moreland for having a firearm in his possession on the Lake City campus.

The CHS resource deputy received a tip from a partnering law enforcement agency working on a separate investigation about a student possibly bringing a firearm onto campus. Moreland was charged with possession of a firearm on a school campus and transported to the Columbia County Detention Facility.

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“We are grateful for those who partner with us to keep our children safe,” said Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter in a statement. “I want to assure the community we will aggressively investigate any concern involving school safety, and we encourage people to speak out when there is a potential threat.”

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