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Children brought guns to school at two separate Greenville County schools on Thursday. 

An 11-year-old at Oakview Elementary School and a 12-year-old at Woodmont Middle School were suspended and recommended for expulsion. They also were charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

In both instances, other students saw the weapons and notified school staff, earning praise from the Greenville County school district for their actions. The school district has suggestions for parents and children as part of its See Something, Say Something school safety campaign.

Here are some tips and useful information from the district:

• Parents should monitor their children's friendships and social media posts, asking "probing questions" about what's going on in their lives and at school.

• Bringing a weapon onto school grounds is a level 3 offense that leads to automatic suspension and recommendation for expulsion by the school district. State law mandates that a student who brings a gun onto school property must be expelled for 12 months from the date of the infraction.

• Encourage kids to talk to school administrators or law enforcement if they see anything suspicious, inappropriate, threatening or scary. Children or parents can email quicktip@greenville.k12.sc.us.

• Threatening behavior also can be reported by phone to the GCS Bullying Hotline, 864-45-BULLY.

• Students in grades 3-12 have Chromebook computers issued by the school district, which have a Report Bullying button on the home page allowing students to send a direct, anonymous message about bullying or other concerns to school officials.

 

More: Woodmont Middle School gun incident: What we know

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