The Daily Gamecock

In Brief: Jan. 26

Local man charged with attempted murder of Richland County deputy

According to The State, Columbia man Arkeem Breeland, 23, has been charged with attempted murder for shooting at Richland County deputy Chris Bagby on Saturday. Bagby responded to a domestic disturbance at about 11:30 p.m. Breeland was attempting to get into his parents' house and fired at least seven shots at Bagby when he arrived. Bagby called for backup, but did not return fire because it was unsafe to do so, he said. Breeland was taken to Palmetto Health Richland and treated for hypothermia after he was caught. He has also been charged with possession of a firearm during a violent crime and unlawful carry of a firearm.

Citadel punishes cadets for controversial photos, enacts new diversity measures

Officials at The Citadel punished 14 cadets for controversial photos posted on Facebook in December, Charleston's WCSC reported. The photos featured the cadets dressed all in white with pillowcases over their heads. Several cadets were suspended and one was issued a dismissal, meaning the cadet must spend at least two semesters away from campus. The Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa said he thought the cadets should have realized their costumes, meant to be "ghosts of Christmas past," might be offensive. In response, Rosa is initiating a task force intended to expand diversity and inclusion.

SC House bill would allow some teachers, administrators to carry guns during school hours

According to WLTX, a recent bill in the South Carolina House would allow select administrators, teachers and school employees called "school protection officers" to carry guns at school as long as the guns remained concealed or locked in a firearm safe. They would have to already have concealed weapons permits and would be required to undergo a two-week training program at the Criminal Justice Academy. The program would include rapid response training, shoot or don't shoot training, resolving violent or nonviolent conflicts and emergency first aid. Whether or not to allow school protection officers would be at the discretion of individual school districts.