South Carolina Student Charged with School Shooting Threat Days After Michigan Murders (Dreamstime.com)
By Charles Kim | Monday, 06 December 2021 09:17 PM
A 14-year-old South Carolina high school student is charged with threatening a school shooting just days after an Oxford, Michigan, high school student allegedly shot four students to death and wounded several others.
According to the Lexington County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified 14-year-old Gilbert High School student made a “threatening statement” on a bus Dec. 2 that was overheard and reported to police by another student.
The student allegedly said he planned to wear a trench coat and go to both the elementary and middle school in the district and “shoot them up.”
“The student who came forward should be commended for doing the right thing,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a press release Monday. “They heard something and reported all the details to someone who could immediately step in and take action to make sure everyone stayed safe. While there was never any imminent danger to students, teachers, or anyone else on campus, this is another example of how we, and Lexington School District One share in the responsibility to protect those who learn and work at the school.”
In a statement from the Lexington School District One to FOX News, officials said it was proud of the student that came forward.
"We are proud of the student who came forward to report the threat," the district said. "This situation is another example of how we must work together to keep each other safe. We take threats seriously and take swift and stern action against those making threats against our schools."
The district told the news organization that the student is suspended and faces expulsion.
The male student was released to the custody of his parents and will appear in the county’s family court later, according to the release.
The incident comes less than a week after Michigan high school student, Ethan Crumbley, 15, allegedly entered Oxford High School and allegedly shot four students to death and wounded six others including a teacher, FOX News reported.
Crumbley was charged as an adult with murder, terrorism, and other crimes.
Police also charged Crumbley’s parents, James, and Jennifer Crumbley with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly not doing enough to prevent the shooting, the New York Times reported Dec. 3.
Police took both parents into custody in a Detroit commercial building Saturday morning after they went missing Friday afternoon, sparking a manhunt that included the Oxford County’s fugitive apprehension team, F.B.I. agents, and United States Marshals, the Times report said.
A family attorney said that they left the town out of fear for their safety after the shooting, and had planned to return for their arraignment, but a miscommunication with the prosecutor’s office led to confusion.