Laurens Co. teen arrested after making threats towards a school on social media w- STATEMENT
CLINTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The Laurens County Sheriff's Office said a teen was arrested on Tuesday after making threats towards a school on social media.
Deputies said 17-year-old Damon Keith Kempster was charged with breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a residence on Torrington Road in Clinton in reference to an altercation between siblings. Upon their arrival to the scene, deputies said Kempster fled the home on foot.
Deputies said they were made aware of a social media post during their investigation in which Kempster said he was going to shoot a school. The post did not specify which school he was referencing.
Kempster was arrested after he returned to the residence, deputies said. He is currently being held in the Johnson Detention Center.
The sheriff's office said Clinton Public Safety has been notified of the threats since Kempster is a student in District 56.
On Friday, Kempter's family issued the following statement:
In light of the current situation our family would like to give our sincerest apology for the actions of our son. Our son has struggled with mental illness since he was a small child. Over the years he has received help from numerous agencies. Our son is and was in crisis mode and was not thinking clearly. This by no means diminishes the severity of our sons actions. Our family asks that out of this tragedy we hope that this will help someone else. If you know someone that is struggling with mental health issues please reach out to them, show them support. Please do not take the things they say lightly. Our son has always had a huge support system and as soon as his father and I seen his cries for help on social media we contacted Law enforcement. As a parent that is a hard pill to swallow, but we knew for the safety of the community and for our sons safety we had to act fast. We are very grateful to the Laurens County Sheriffs Office for the care that they have shown our family in this matter
The Kempster Family (WSPA-TV)