Police: Teens charged after talking about blowing up school

Charleston Fire Department on scene at the school. (Source: Wanya Reese)
Charleston Fire Department on scene at the school. (Source: Wanya Reese)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Police have charged two James Island Charter High School students with conspiracy to commit a felony after they were reportedly overheard talking about wanting to blow up the school.

Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said a 14-year-old boy and girl were taken into custody on Monday after another student reported hearing their plans last Friday during class.

That student reported the incident to a parent, who left a message at the school regarding the threat, Francis said.

The school's resource officer began investigating around 1 p.m. Monday after being notified by the school principal. Francis said the two students were quickly identified and taken to police headquarters for interviews.

As a precaution, the school was evacuated and all scheduled afternoon programs were cancelled. No one was allowed to enter the school during that time, Francis said.

According to Francis, no explosive devices were discovered during a search of the school, and subsequent searches at the students' homes also turned up empty.

Francis said the investigation is ongoing.

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