South Carolina high schooler arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up schools


South Carolina sheriff’s deputies arrested a 14-year-old male high school student Monday on charges that he threatened to shoot up schools in his county, authorities said. 

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said the Gilbert High School student made a “threatening statement” while on the bus last Thursday, and another student overheard them. 

Gilbert HS

Gilbert HS
(Lexington County School District One)

The student told school administrators that he heard the other student allegedly talking about wearing a trench coat the next day and shooting up an elementary school and a middle school, according to an incident report cited by the sheriff’s office. 

The student's alleged comments about a shooting were overhead by another student on the bus, police said. 

The student’s alleged comments about a shooting were overhead by another student on the bus, police said. 
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“The student who came forward should be commended for doing the right thing,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “They heard something and reported all the details to someone who could immediately step and take action to make sure everyone stayed safe. 

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“While there was never any imminent danger to students, teachers or anyone else on a campus, this is another example of how we and Lexington School District share in the responsibility to protect those who learn and work at school.” 

Ethan Crumbley, 15, allegedly shot and killed four students and injured seven others at Oxford High School. 

Ethan Crumbley, 15, allegedly shot and killed four students and injured seven others at Oxford High School. 
(Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

The student, whose identity has not been publicly released, was released from custody after he was charged, the sheriff’s office said. He is due to appear in a Lexington Family Court at a later date. 

Fox News has reached out to the Lexington School District and will update this story accordingly. 

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The student’s arrest came less than a week after a 15-year-old allegedly opened fire at his high school in Oxford, Michigan, killing four fellow students and wounding six others, including a teacher. He has been charged as an adult with murder, terrorism, and other crimes in the attack. 

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