Teen pleads 'no contest' to school bomb threat

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The student charged with threatening Myrtle Beach area schools the day before holiday break is headed back to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The teen is a 15-year-old from Myrtle Beach High School. He is charged with leaving a threat in the form of a note in the boys' bathroom on Dec. 17. That note insisted there were explosive devices in each Myrtle Beach area school.

After spending the holidays in the Department of Juvenile Justice, the teen appeared in court Thursday morning where he pleaded "no contest" to those charges.

WMBF News was in the courtroom when the judge told the boy that he hopes if he ever decides to do something like that again, he'll consider the consequences.

The teen will spend an indeterminate amount of time in DJJ, not to exceed his 21st birthday.

Solicitor Jimmy 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."

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