Suspect in custody in connection with flag burning at St. James High School

Horry County police have arrested Nick Newell, a 17-year-old, in connection to the American flag burning incident that occurred at St. James High School early Monday morning.

Newell is a student at Horry County's Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology.

Several American flags were burned about 2 a.m. Monday morning at the entrance to St. James High School in the Socastee area, according to Lt. Robert Kegler, with Horry County police.

The flags were discovered when security arrived for the school day at 6:20 a.m.

The school was locked down at 8:30 a.m. as a precaution and then evacuated. The students were taken to St. James Middle School where they were released to their parents after a lengthy checkout procedure.

Newell was arrested around 1 p.m. at a home on Indigo Creek Boulevard in Horry County.

Jennifer Monemee lives in Newell's neighborhood and said her American flag was recently stolen from her home. She not only witnessed the scene at Newell's home, but had to pick her children up after the evacuation.

"I'm scared, unsafe, not knowing what's around you and in your neighborhood. The school situation is even more scary, I have two in both of the schools in Horry County, St. James so that was nerve-wracking," Monemee said.

Newell is being charged with 3rd Degree Arson, according to Horry County's online court records.

He will have a bond hearing Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., at which we hope to learn more about the accusations against him.