Two juveniles accused of making separate bomb threats at Horry County schools this week were in court Wednesday, and both will remain in custody at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia through the holidays.
The two teenage students, 15 and 16, were charged this week with conveying false information to police regarding the use of a destructive device following bomb threats.
No explosives were found and no one was injured related to any of the threats, but classes were disrupted in each of three bomb threats in two days at Horry County Schools.A 15-year-old boy from Myrtle Beach High School, arrested for a threat that forced the evacuation of Myrtle Beach High, Myrtle Beach Intermediate and Myrtle Beach elementary schools on Tuesday, asked for a new lawyer during Wednesday’s hearing, said assistant solicitor Mike Freeman. The boy will be held at DJJ until Jan. 3 at which point he will appear before a judge again. His parents have the option of hiring an attorney for him, or the judge will appoint one.
The other boy, a 16-year-old from North Myrtle Beach High School, pleaded guilty to writing a threat on a bathroom wall at the school on Monday.
He was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence not to exceed his 21st birthday. The sentence was suspended to 14 days at DJJ, with credit for the two days served already, and nine months probation, Freeman said.
If the teen violates probation and is found guilty, Freeman said he could serve the rest of his sentence.
Freeman said the teens found guilty of these crimes aren’t getting a slap on the wrist, but said the judge’s ruling likely was not affected by the recent shooting in Conneticut.
“It was very bad timing for them to pull something like this considering what happened,” he said. “I think the judge did what the judges have been doing all along. I don’t think [the shooting] changed it one way or another, but it is out there.”
All threats in the area were found in the bathrooms and no device was found at any of the affected schools.