Police: Suspicious journals at Forestbrook Middle School pose no threat

Police: Suspicious journals at Forestbrook Middle School pose no threat

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Police Detectives interviewed a 13-year-old child and the child's parents on Wednesday, September 9, after two journals containing disturbing material was found at Forestbrook Middle School, according to a news release from the Horry County Police Department.

The School Resource Officer at Forestbrook Middle School was alerted when the two journals containing handwritten information on sensitive subjects like weapons and explosives science, blue prints, jobs and stories pertaining to a video game called Balloon Tower Defense 5 were found in one of the classrooms.

The 13-year-old student who wrote the journals was quickly identified and detained under the disturbing schools law until the matter could be investigated further, the release states. A reference to a school the student had previously attended was also in the notebooks.

After Horry County Police Detectives, who are also certified bomb technicians, conducted a thorough investigation of the notebooks, found that the child is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and highly intelligent. They found the journals, which the parents were aware of, are used as a therapeutic and comforting mechanism.

The child focuses on these specific subjects in the journals because he dreams of being a nuclear engineer, the release states.

The contents of the journal did not indicate a threat to anyone or any intent or attempt to build any sort of weapon or device that would cause concern for law enforcement or public safety.

Also, no evidence was found that the student had access to any materials to attempt to build any type of device.

The child was released to his parents during the incident and the charge of disturbing schools will be dismissed, according to the news release.

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