A junior high student at Horry County’s Carolina Forest High School died shortly before 11am Friday after he allgedly stabbed a school resource officer who then shot him.
A school district spokeswoman said Trevor Varinecz, asked to speak to the officer in his office. A fight broke out and the 16-year old was shot. The school was in lock down mode all day.
Officer Marcus Rhodes of Conway was taken to the Conway Medical Center along with the student. Rhodes is listed in good condition and was expected to be released late Friday. Rhoades has been a resource officer since 2000, serving first at North Myrtle Beach High.
Concerned parents were allowed on campus to pick up their children.
Officials say Carolina Forest High is equipped with nine metal detectors.
Friday night’s football game vs. South Florence High School has been postponed.
An autopsy on Varinecz’s body is expected Friday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Friday’s incident marks the second time in three years a Carolina Forest High School student has been killed on the school campus. In 2006, 18-year-old Natalia Holmes was stabbed 15 times by her estranged boyfriend, who is now serving a life sentence.