Report: St. James Middle student charged after threat, says it was attempt to make friends

(Photo from the St. James Middle School Facebook page)

A 13-year-old boy was charged with disturbing schools after he made threatening statements and drawings during class at St. James Middle School, according to an Horry County police report.

The incident happened on Wednesday, March 7, and an Horry County officer responded to the school and was told by a school official that students complained to him about the teen making threats to "shoot up" the school and also of making bombs, the police report stated.

The school official also told the officer that he was given a digital drawing that the student made for an assignment in class that showed a person holding a gun, shooting it and another person running away from the gunfire.

This same student was disciplined the previous school year for "a similar situation," the report stated.

An officer interviewed the teen, with his father present, and the teen admitted to having the conversations about threats and violence and to making the drawings. He told the officer, according to the report, he often gets bullied at school and doesn't have many friends.

He told police that he thought threatening violence could lead to possible friendships with other students, according to the report.

The teen was charged with disturbing schools and released to the custody of his father, the report stated.

The father told police there are no firearms in their home and nothing to make bombs with.

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