The mother of a teen who was shot and killed after police say he attacked a police officer at Carolina Forest High School on Friday tells NewsChannel 15 that her son suffered from Asperger Syndrome.
Asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. People with this syndrome have difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and often are clumsy. Motor milestones may be delayed. The main symptom is severe trouble with social situations.
Police say 16-year-old Trever Varinecz was shot by a school resource officer at Carolina Forest High School Friday morning after Varinecz stabbed the officer, Marcus Rhodes, with a knife in Rhodes' office.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says Varinecz, the 11th grader, had five gun shot entry wounds, one of which passed through the teen's chest and proved to be fatal.
Officer Rhodes was treated for several stab wounds and released from Conway Medical Center around 12:30 Friday afternoon.
SLED is investigating the incident, as is required when a county officer is involved in a shooting.