A Chapin High School student was charged with making a threat of violence against the school earlier this week, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday.
The juvenile suspect was not identified, but the sheriff’s department said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that he is being held at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice on charges of disturbing schools, breach of peace and malicious injury to real property.
A photo circulated earlier this week showed the words “Shooting up the school tomorrow!” written on a bathroom wall in the high school.
“Our investigation into this threat began Monday when we became aware of a statement written on the wall of a Chapin High restroom,” Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We take every threat, no matter its form, very seriously. Thanks to our work together with Lexington-Richland District 5, we were able to identify this suspect and hold him accountable.”
The investigation into the threat continues. The student is expected in Lexington County Family Court at a later date.