Pre-teens interviewed in alleged plan to kill LMS classmates

An Horry County Police Department patrol car on the Loris Middle School campus Thursday morning. (Joyce Graham, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Two Loris Middle School students identified as “possible suspects” in a plan to kill two classmates have been interviewed by Horry County Police Department detectives.

     Police were notified of the social media threat that targeted two female students about 6 p.m. Wednesday, HCPD spokeswoman Krystal Dotson said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

     Those threats prompted a heavier than usual police presence on campus Thursday, with some parents expressing worry about their children online.

     School leaders responded on Loris Middle School web page.

     “Elevated law enforcement presence will remain at the school today as the investigation continues in an attempt to corroborate, or discount the information that has been reported,” the school notice said, in part. “Again students and staff are safe.”

     Earlier Thursday said there were increased HCPD patrols in the area of the school, and detectives were seen on campus Thursday morning.

     School officials identified two male students, both 12 years old, as possible suspects. HCPD Det. Brian Scales interviewed the boys and their parents, his incident report said.

     Updates will be posted here as events warrant. For more on this story see the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.