The Walterboro teen has been suspended by the university and has been banned from the Columbia campus. He’s also been ordered to avoid contact with any student, faculty or staff at the school.
The school’s associate director of law enforcement and safety, Scott Prill, says there is no reason to think the student was planning an attack.
Prill says the student was arrested Tuesday and was released Wednesday and returned home to his parents.
The teen faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if he is convicted.
Freshmen began moving into campus last Friday. Classes start Thursday.
It was not clear if the teen has an attorney.