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8 Socastee High students arrested for synthetic pot incidents

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Eight students at Socastee High School have been arrested and charged in connection with two incidents involving synthetic marijuana being smoked on school property, police officials stated.

On February 15, a School Resource Officer at Socastee was alerted to students having some type of reaction to the ingestion of synthetic marijuana, according to a news release from the Horry County Police Department. The officer found the students and the product; some of the students required medical treatment after ingesting it, the release states.

On February 20, the School Resource Officer was again alerted to a student having a reaction to synthetic marijuana, and again, all students involved were located with the product, the release states. Any student found to be having a reaction was given medical treatment.

In both instances, the product was recovered and sent to SLED to be tested. According to Sgt. Kegler with HCPD, because the SLED's tests on the synthetic marijuana were negative for any banned substances, none of the students received narcotics charges.

After the School Resource Officer and detectives with the Horry County Police Department's Narcotics and Vice Section investigated the incidents, eight students were charged for their roles in the two incidents. According to the news release from police, among those arrested and charged were:

-Grant Hollister Kolumba (17 YOA W/M) DOB: 06-14-95.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Charge: Public Disorderly Conduct

 

-Cassie Leeana South (17 YOA W/F) DOB: 10-14-95.  She resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  She is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Charge: Disturbing Schools

 

-Joshua Palmer Vaught (17 YOA W/M) DOB: 06-27-95.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Charge: Public Disorderly Conduct

 

-Christopher Robert Kripple (17 YOA W/M) DOB: 04-03-95.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at Surfside Beach Police Department.

Charge: Disturbing Schools

 

-Nathan Wesley Rose (18 YOA W/M) DOB: 11-02-94.  He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Charge: Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Three unidentified juveniles were also arrested, the release states.

Horry County Schools spokesperson Teal Britton says that the school will be disciplining these students separately from any legal charges, adding that to the school, it doesn't matter if it's "synthetic" or "real" marijuana; the disciplinary procedures are going to be the same. Each of the eight students will have a punishment hearing with school officials, but Britton says the outcomes of these hearings are confidential.

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