Chapin High student arrested, Irmo Middle student investigated after shooting threats
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department notified the public Thursday of two Lexington/Richland Five students accused of making shooting threats.
According to the department, a Chapin High School student has ben arrested and charged after a comment in reference to an upcoming school shooting.
“A parent whose child overheard the threat on a bus notified the Chapin High School Resource Officer about the incident,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Deputies responded immediately and determined the student had no weapons in his possession.”
Investigators interviewed the teen, whose name is not being released because he’s under the age of 17, after he made a statement to a classmate about ‘shooting up the school,’ according to Koon.
The student was released to the custody of his parents and will appear in Lexington County Family Court at a later date.
Additionally, an Irmo Middle School student is being investigated after a teacher reported hearing him make threats during a fire drill. Detectives are interviewing the child, whose name will also not be released. He made a statement to a peer about ‘shooting up the school’ according to Koon.
“The School Resource Officer responded immediately and it was determined the student did not have access to any weapons,” Koon said. The investigation continues.