CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) For the second day in a row Carolina Forest High School was evacuated Thursday morning following a bomb threat at the school. Students also evacuated the school Just the day before because of another threat, and six students were arrested and charged in connection to that threat by the end of the day.
According to Horry County Schools Spokesperson Teal Britton, a bomb threat was discovered on a restroom wall Thursday morning. Students evacuated around 11:30 a.m.
Horry County Police and the Bomb Squad responded to the threat and cleared the building. Nothing was discovered during the search. Students were permitted back into the school around 12 p.m., according to Britton.
In addition to being the second bomb threat for Carolina Forest High School in as many days, Thursday's threat was the third consecutive threat in an Horry County school this week. The other threat with was Tuesday at Socastee High School. Horry County schools have seen 16 bomb threats in total over the past five months.
"I just don't understand, " commented Donna Lineback whose daughter is a student at Carolina Forest High School. "I think it's a change of the times that we live in."
Horry County police were able to arrest six students for the threat Wednesday. Investigators used surveillance video from the halls to help them figure out who left the threat on a note in the bathroom.
"We were able to identify some students and start talking to them and go from there," explained Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County Police.
Two adult aged students, 18 year olds Jason Taylor and Lorenzo green, were arrested and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center. The other four arrests were of juveniles and no other information regarding their identities will be released. The juveniles now face felony charges of making the threat. All four juveniles will face a judge in family court on Friday morning.
A judge at the J Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway granted both Green and Taylor bond during a hearing on Thursday. Both students will be held to a court ordered curfew of eleven PM, and will not be allowed to leave the state between now and the time of their trial. If convicted, the students could face up to 15 years in jail and other consequences.
"There's always the possibility of the school and/or the police department going for restitution for the resources we used," Kegler said. "It's nothing to be taken lightly. That's for sure."
Lorenzo Green's mother, Tracy Partman spoke to WMBF News following Green's hearing on Thursday, and said she hopes her sons poor decisions will act as a lesson to other kids thinking about making threats to get out of class.
"I hope they wouldn't do these things they're doing and get an education like they're supposed," Partman said. "And knock off the bomb threats."
Lineback said although she is not surprised by another threat Thursday, she was optimistic the unexpected arrests Wednesday would end the threats.
"I thought since they did and the punishment was so severe that maybe it would die down," Lineback said.
She said the felony charges are appropriate, but now she is worried even that cannot send a strong enough message.
"If they're going to punish them severely, and they know that, and they're still going to continue doing it, what's the other option?" she said.
Police have not made any arrests for the bomb threats on Tuesday or Thursday.