Police: Student charged after writing bomb threat on high school wall

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A 16-year-old Marlboro County High School student was arrested after police linked him to a bomb threat found at the school on Monday.

The threat, written on the boy's bathroom wall, was for the school for December 20, said Lt. Larry Turner with the Bennettsville Police Department.

Police investigated, and were able to identify the suspect based on surveillance cameras at the school and by questioning different people.  According to Lt. Turner. the boy said he wrote the message because he was being bullied and teased.

The case will not be handled through the family courts system, and the student was released to his mother.

The student will also face a disciplinary hearing within the Darlington County School District System, a district official announced Friday.

"The Darlington County School District appreciates the quick response, thorough search, and successful investigation by the Darlington Police Department, along with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, the Florence County Sheriff's Office, and the SC State Transport Police," district spokeswoman Audrey Childers stated. "In the Darlington County School District, the safety of our staff and students is the highest priority."

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