Teen charged for making false bomb threat against Wilson High

Anthony Battle. Source: Florence County Detention Center
Anthony Battle. Source: Florence County Detention Center

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A 17-year-old Wilson High School student has been arrested after making a false bomb threat at school Thursday afternoon.

Anthony Battle, of Florence, was arrested by investigators with he Florence County Sheriff's Office on October 10 and charged with two felony offenses.

Pam Little-McDaniel, spokeswoman for the Florence School District One, says the student claimed he brought a bomb to school in his briefcase.

Law enforcement officials checked the gym area, and after determining it was safe, evacuated all students there during their investigation. A bomb disposal unit was called and took Battle's belongings, and later revealed it was a false claim.

"School officials have indicated that the student will be disciplined according to the Florence One Discipline code. School was dismissed without further interruption," Little-McDaniel added.

Battle was taken into custody on Thursday, and on Friday, he was formally charged with Conveying False Information About a Bomb Threat and Intimidation or Threat with Hoax Device, both felonies. He is being held at the Florence County Detention Center and is expected to appear at a bond hearing a 3 p.m. Friday.

If convicted, Battle could face one to 10 years in prison for the conveying false information about a bomb threat charge, and two to 15 years in prison for intimidation or threat with hoax device charge.

This was the second threat made against Wilson High School in three days. On Tuesday, an 18-year-old student was arrested for making a false bomb threat to a teacher.

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