Police say a 13-year-old Evans Middle School pupil was arrested Friday on a charge that he verbally threatened to shoot several classmates.
The seventh-grader, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with making terroristic threats, Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Other pupils overheard the threats and reported them at about 11:30 a.m., Evans Middle Principal Kirk Wright said. The pupil was arrested at about 2 p.m., he said.
"Students came to us and reported the incident, and then we investigated from there," Mr. Wright said. "We took statements from the witnesses and then called the police out to take over the investigation."
Mr. Wright said that the pupil was a recent transfer from a Richmond County school and that he was unaware of any past discipline problems with the teen.
"He's only been at our school four days, so it's hard for me to comment on that," he said.
The pupil has been suspended pending a hearing before school officials, Mr. Wright said. He was released to the custody of his parents, Associate Superintendent Charles Nagle said Friday night.
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