GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two 13-year-old Georgetown County students were taken to a juvenile detention facility in Columbia after being accused of making threats against their school on Wednesday. Both students are Murrells Inlet residents.
According to a press release from the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, parents of students at Waccamaw Middle School in Litchfield alerted school officials of threats made on social media.
A 13-year-old student made a Powerpoint presentation about school shootings on March 1 that left some of his classmates upset, an updated release states. Days later, he posted on Instagram the phrase "Wednesday, March 22." March 22 is the date associated with the 2001 school shooting in Granite Hills, California, and March 22 falls on a Wednesday this year.
A witness told investigators that the post was presented as humor by the suspect, and he did not went to take it down because of the the amount of reactions he was getting, the release states.
The second juvenile was charged Thursday. Both juveniles were charged with disturbing schools. Other witnesses said the two had made threats to kill other students throughout the year and had made a plan to use homemade bombs. They are said to have talked at length about death and had made presentations in class about people dying.
The students underwent psychiatric evaluations before being transported to the juvenile detention facility in Columbia. Both will return to Georgetown County for hearings.