Student charged with disturbing schools; thought he "could meet friends by being violent," police say

Student charged with disturbing schools; thought he "could meet friends by being violent," police say

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 13-year-old student has been charged with disturbing schools after allegedly threatening on Wednesday to "shoot up" St. James Middle School.

According to an Horry County Police Department incident report, the assistant principal also received a digital drawing from the student's teacher depicting a person shooting a gun and a person running away from the gunfire; police say the drawing was an assignment for the class.

The assistant principal obtained written statements from concerned students, the report states. The statements reportedly contained conversations with the 13-year-old student that included school shootings, bomb making and harming other students.

A similar situation with the student during the 2016-2017 school year resulted in disciplinary action by the school. According to the report, the suspect, who is often bullied, told the assistant principal he thought he "could meet friends by being violent."

The suspect was charged with disturbing schools and released to the custody of a family member.

School officials asked parents to talk with their children regarding the "dangerous consequences" of making any type of alleged threat or statement.

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