Deputies: Student threatens to shoot students and teachers at Upstate high school
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A teenager is being evaluated after threats he made to shoot students and teachers at Upstate high school.
to Spartanburg County Deputies, a 17-year-old, while talking to his
ex-girlfriend, stated that on "zero day, he will shoot and kill 42
students and eight teachers" at Byrnes High School.
The teen went on to state that he had a 38 handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun, said deputies.
Roland McAbee with the Duncan police summoned the teen's parents to the
school. Once the father arrived and stated that he did in fact have
access to those weapons, the student was suspended by the school
administration pending an internal investigation and was issued a
trespass notice as well, said deputies.
it was determined that the teen lived in Spartanburg County, the Duncan
Police Department requested that the Sheriff Department take over the
to deputies, after careful consultation with school officials, the
decision was made to handle the situation with a detention order as
opposed to an arrest warrant.
probate judge was consulted, who issued a detention order on the teen
after being presented with all the available information, said deputies.
responded to the teen's residence, where he was taken into custody
without incident, and several weapons were taken into evidence for
safekeeping, deputies said.
According to deputies, the teen was transported to a local hospital, where he is being evaluated by medical personnel.
Because the situation is being handled as a mental health issue, the teen's name is not being released at this time.
Deputies said, "the student who brought this matter to the attention of
school officials should be commended for their willingness to come
forward, since their actions prevented a potentially dangerous