A judge has ordered a 15-year-old Socastee high school student who law enforcement officials say attempted to bomb his school will be tried as an adult. Family Court Judge Georgia Anderson ruled that Christian Helms will be tried as an adult on charges he shot at a police officer and took pipe bombs to Socastee High School in September.
The Sun News reports Anderson issued her ruling in a Horry County courtroom Friday morning after she spent Thursday reviewing evidence from a three-day hearing. The hearing included testimony from 31 witnesses, psychological reports from several mental health experts and writings from the teen’s journals.
Prosecutors say, because of the seriousness of the crime, the teen should bear the full brunt of the law as an adult.
Helms’s mother said her son had been bullied in class. She asked that he be given the chance to get the help he needs.