Arrest made in threat to Midlands high school

Westwood High School in Blythewood.
Westwood High School in Blythewood. FILE/THE STATE

A 17-year-old has been accused of threatening to “shoot up” Westwood High School Friday morning, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Kameron Hilliard was charged with unlawful communication and disturbing schools, Sheriff Leon Lott said in the news release.

According to police reports, at approximately 8 a.m. the sheriff’s office was alerted to a Twitter post made by Hilliard threatening Westwood High. Hilliard turned himself into investigators at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters and was arrested without incident.

Westwood, located in Blythewood, was one of a number of schools across South Carolina that were dealing with alleged threats in the wake of the high school shooting in Florida on Wednesday that left 17 dead. Lott stated that social media threats are taken very seriously and will be prosecuted.

In the other incidents, the threats proved to be false, and law enforcement officials in Lexington, Kershaw, and Fairfield counties took to Facebook to dispel what they said were false rumors.

Hilliard has been charged as an adult and transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.