The 9-year-old Rock Hill boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to school Tuesday now is believed to have threatened two students with the weapon, police said Wednesday.
A fourth-grade York Road Elementary School student pointed a 9mm gun at two other fourth-grade boys and threatened them, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The boy with the gun is in the custody of the Department of Social Services to determine whether he is competent to be charged with any crimes.
Teresa Scott was furious to find out that her son, Westyn, was one of the boys who was threatened, but was proud to learn that Westyn told his teachers what happened.
"If he would not have said something, there's no telling how many kids would be gone," she said.
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Westyn said the incident happened early Tuesday morning in the boys' bathroom.
"I went into class, and a boy told me to come over there, and then, he said he had a 9 mm handgun," he said. "He pulled it out of his desk, and he took me into the bathroom, and he told me that he had a plan to kill me and (another boy). He took a bullet out and told me it would be in my body. I took the bullet, and I took it to my teacher."
Westyn said he and the other victim took off running from the bathroom. He said the suspect has been his friend for several years.
"He said that I haven't been a good friend, so he was going to shoot me," Westyn said.
Police are still investigating where the student got the gun. When the gun's owner is found, charges could be filed against the owner.
"You have to go through a tracing process, and it could take several weeks to get that back," Rock Hill police Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.
As for charges against the boy, it depends on whether he is found competent, Solicitor Kevin Brackett said. The child must be able to understand the difference between right and wrong. It could be up to 30 days before that call is made.
The student in question has been suspended from school indefinitely. School district policy states that any student who brings a firearm to school will be expelled for at least one year.
District Superintendent Lynn Moody said she will look at the child's case before making a decision about the consequences.
"I think this is in the hands of the police and the court," she said.