COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A stun gun had to be deployed on a 16-year-old Blythewood Academy student who was being disruptive and threatening to a principal and a deputy, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson said the incident happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday inside a faculty member's office.
Wilson said the student threatened the school's principal and proceeded to attack a deputy who had been called to help in the situation. The deputy, Wilson said, used his stun gun on the student.
EMS workers were called to the scene and checked the student out for any injuries.
As a result of the incident, Wilson said, the student is being charged with threatening a public official, resisting arrest, and assault and battery.
According to Libby Roof, Chief Communications Officer for Richland School District Two:
On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the principal of Blythewood Academy had to engage the assistance of the School Resource Officer after a threat was made against the principal.
Prior to calling for the School Resource Officer, the principal attempted to resolve a disciplinary matter following established district discipline procedures. Such procedures generally include appropriate communication with parents and de-escalation practices.
As reported by the Sheriff's Department, the School Resource Officer was called in when a student threatened to harm the principal.