3 St. James students arrested following bomb threat evacuation

Ashley Snyder, 17 (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Ashley Snyder, 17 (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Tirrell Allen Lance, 18 (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Tirrell Allen Lance, 18 (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Clinton James Welch, 18 (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Clinton James Welch, 18 (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) The Horry County Police Department has arrested three St. James High School students following Tuesday's bomb threat and evacuation. A Facebook post and actions during the investigation led detectives to the arrests.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said Ashley Snyder, 17, posted "Time to die" on her Facebook wall as students were evacuated to the football field during the school's bomb threat, which led to her arrest.

Kegler adds that two other arrests of St. James High School students were made Tuesday, with one student charged with disturbing schools and the other has charges pending.

Tirrell Allen Lance, 18 of Myrtle Beach, was arrested in connection with locating the note, tampering with the evidence and misleading detectives in an effort to obstruct the investigation, Kegler says. Lance's charges are pending, and he is currently in custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Clinton James Welch, 18 of Myrtle Beach, was also arrested after, according to Kegler, he become disruptive during the investigation and at one point had to be restrained by detectives on scene. Welch is charged with disturbing schools and is in custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Kegler explains that the arrests were made as part of the investigation but have not been directly linked to a specific bomb threat at this time.

According to Kegler, the Facebook comment posted by Snyder concerned several students, parents and faculty.

The comment came not long after the school was evacuated when a reported bomb threat was found in a restroom at the school.

Kegler stressed that Snyder's arrest is not at all related to the bomb threat investigation, but a secondary incident that occurred during the original investigation.

Snyder has been charged with disturbing schools and had been transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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