Lower Richland student arrested in connection with fake active shooter call

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FILE PHOTO of Lower Richland High School(WIS News 10)
Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 3:06 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2022 at 1:28 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of a student in connection with a fake active shooter call that happened Monday.

Deputies responded to Lower Richland High School around 2:45 p.m. after receiving a call that there was a shooting on campus. Officials say resource officers at the school evaluated the threat immediately and determined that it was false.

The call came from a 16-year-old who is charged with unlawful use of 911, aggravated breach of peace and unlawful communication.

“I hope this sends a message to the other kids out there who think this is a prank,” Sheriff Lott said. “These calls will be taken seriously and I wanted students to know that they will be locked up, not sent home with their parents.”

The student was booked into the juvenile wing of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

“We appreciate the fast response and investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department that led to the identification of the person responsible for making the call,” Richland One Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said. “Any threats or potential threats to the safety of our schools, students and staff are taken seriously, and anyone who chooses to make such threats will face consequences accordingly.”

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