A 10-year-old girl is accused of threatening to shoot and kill classmates
A 10-year-old girl is facing criminal charges in South Carolina after she allegedly wanted to bring a gun to school and kill her fellow students.
Later, police in Georgetown County, north of Charleston, searched the child’s home and found weapons hidden in a safe.
The child was accused in a juvenile recall of making threats against students.
A similar incident was reported on the same day, Wednesday, at another school in the same district.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office said the girl will face disciplinary action from the local school district over the incident.
The student is enrolled at Kensington Primary School, which is located in the county seat of Georgetown. It is unclear whether she had access to the weapons found in her home.
In a separate incident reported earlier in the same county earlier Wednesday, police said an 11-year-old girl at another elementary school was charged after threatening fellow students.
According to the sheriff’s office, the girl “said she wanted to shoot up the school after an argument with a classmate.”
Investigators conducted a search of the child’s home, but did not find any weapons. The school continued to operate normally.
The BBC has contacted the Georgetown School District and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
The South Carolina incidents represent the latest in a string of cases in which children face charges for allegedly threatening to harm fellow students or school employees.
In another incident in Tahoka, Texas, earlier this week, a 13-year-old girl was reportedly arrested and charged with threatening or displaying a firearm. Classes have been temporarily suspended while the investigation is conducted.
A 14-year-old was also arrested in Virginia on Wednesday on charges of making threats against his school on social media.
The teen in James City County near Williamsburg was later charged with threatening to kill or injure.