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Teens charged with bomb threats spend holidays in custody

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The two students found responsible for the bomb threats at Horry County high schools are headed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

And it's very clear the pair will not being enjoying the holidays as much as they would at home with their families.

Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said, "These kids they're going to be in with a whole other group of family. They're going to be told when to get up and when to go to bed, it's just not going to be a great holiday season for these two."

One of the students, a 15-year-old from Myrtle Beach High School, was charged with leaving a threat in the form of a note in the boys' bathroom. That note insisted there were explosive devices in each Myrtle Beach area school.

Myrtle Beach High School was also evacuated on Monday, one day before that threat. North Myrtle Beach High School was on high alert Monday as well, receiving a bomb threat just a few hours after Myrtle Beach High.

A 16-year-old North Myrtle Beach student has been charged with conveying false information regarding the use of a destructive device.

Both students entered an Horry County courtroom Wednesday morning to face charges.

The NMB student pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve time in DJJ, a sentence that was suspended to 14 days in custody followed by nine months of probation.

Assistant Solicitor Mike Freeman says during that probation, the teen will have to comply with alcohol and drug assessments.

The Myrtle Beach High School student asked for a new attorney and will be back in court on Jan. 3. Until that time, he will also be in custody at DJJ.

"The next time he'll come in front of the court will be Jan. 3," Richardson said. "Then they'll talk about if he got a new attorney, and how does he wish to plea at that point."

Richardson said all parents should take this time to remind their children that 15 minutes of fame is not worth what happens in the days following a bomb threat.

"Right before it all happens, they are high fiving and giggling about what they're going to do," said Richardson. "Then the same thing happens, every one of them comes to court and all those smiles are wiped off their faces."

This time of year our area sees a number of similar threats at schools, Richardson said. Over time he added this could become a problem.

"After a few times people aren't going to react like they would if it's the first time," said Richardson. "So at some point, these kids inadvertently may very well be responsible for watering down that whole sense of safety."

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