Authorities say the several devices found at Socastee High School following a shooting incident involving a student Tuesday were real explosives. Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, says materials found at the student’s home were used to make pipe bombs.
A search using bomb-detecting robots and a K-9 team turned up several pipe bombs after a 14-year-old male student fired a gun and injured a school safety officer. A Socastee High School student has been detained by Horry County Police. Kegler says Officer Erik Karney was injured by shrapnel after a bullet hit near him. He was treated and released from Conway Medical Center.
Students and teachers were evacuated from the school during the incident and held at the school’s football field. Kegler says an extra team of K-9 dogs and bomb experts from SLED arrived by helicopter Tuesday evening.
Kegler says, “Investigators are also looking into an account on Twitter, the social networking site, that contains information related to bomb threats. The bomb search didn’t take place until after the shooting incident.”
School district officials say on-site metal detectors were not used Tuesday morning. They were ordered to be used as students returned to school today.
The student is scheduled for arraignment Friday.