Crime & Courts

Teen threatened to shoot another student at Lexington County middle school, cops say

A teenage girl has been charged after threatening to bring a gun to her middle school and shoot another student, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

The threat was issued Tuesday by a 15-year-old who attends Pine Ridge Middle School, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

The teen was charged with threatening students, according to the release.

She was released to the custody of her mother, the sheriff’s department said.

The girl did not have a gun at school and her mother said she did not have access to a weapon, sheriff’s department spokesman Capt. Adam Myrick told The State.

A school official took statements from other students in the class that showed the teen said she knows what weapon to bring to school to kill the other student, according to an incident report.

In her statement, the 15-year-old said she told the other student “I go to karate and I am a weapon and I can defend myself,” an incident report shows.

The 15-year-old has been suspended from school, according to the incident report. She will appear in Lexington County Family Court at a later date.

The teen’s identity is not being made public because she is a minor, the sheriff’s department said.

This is the third incident this school year where a student was charged after threatening to kill others at Pine Ridge Middle School.

A 12-year-old girl at the middle school was charged with threatening students after she told two students “she was going to kill them,” on Nov. 1, the sheriff’s department said.

On Sept. 30, a 12-year-old boy who attends Pine Ridge used social media to say he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot another student, The State reported.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.