Police say student was planning to attack Dreher High School
Richland District One communications director Karen York says the situation was quickly under control.
Dreher High School graduate Haley Nelson says she was shocked when she heard the news.
By: Sanne Rodriguez
A 17-year-old Dreher High School student was plotting to execute a Columbine-style attack on Dreher High School on Monday, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department. The student's name has been withheld. The teen was arrested at the Heyward Career and Technology Center, where the he takes additional classes. He's been committed for mental evaluation.
Authorities say they had received information the teen had posted references to the Columbine shootings and to Dreher High School.
The threat came on the 16 year anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Colombine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire at the Littleton, Colorado school April 20, 1999, killing 12 students and one teacher taking their own lives.
Richland District One communications director Karen York says the situation was always under control.
"The principal and the school resource officer there at Dreher High School received some information that a student had made some comments on committing an act of violence at the school. This particular student, the student in question, was not on campus at Dreher, so there was no immediate threat," York says.
The Dreher community was rattled after learning about the threat. Dreher graduate Haley Nelson says she was very upset when she heard the news.
"It's the school that I went to, where my dad teaches. It's just really more emotional to me because it could have been him, and some of the friends that I went to high school with still go there," Nelson says.
The case has been given to the Columbia Police Department for investigation. Richland District One officials have no further information on whether or not more students were involved with the plot.