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December 14, 2013

BUZZ: Tim Scott shares life story with youth offenders

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Tim Scott knew he could die one of two ways if he continued hanging out with a friend who dealt drugs when he was a teen growing up in North Charleston.

“Either he was going to get me killed or she would kill me,” the Republican U.S. senator said, referring to his disapproving mother during a speech Saturday to 50 youthful offenders in Columbia.

Scott spent an hour sharing how he turned around his life with teens just entering the legal system at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice’s Midlands Evaluation Center in Columbia.

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