In the video, the teenager can be seen shooting a box of Jordans, which he says "is the favorite pair of shoes for a black man".
A 16-year-old from Cardinal Newman School, Columbia, has been charged with 'Student Threats' after several videos of him making violent and racial threats were widely shared amongst his peers. As per reports, the teenager has been banned from entering the school's premises. The incident and following investigation were revealed to parents over only this past weekend but apparently took place sometime last month. One of the racially-charged videos is now going viral on social media.
“As shocking and disturbing as the videos are, there’s no state law against those videos and what people have seen in those videos.”— WIS News 10 (@wis10) August 8, 2019
Sheriff Leon Lott is calling for a state hate crime law. Do you agree? https://t.co/WOnoxm7h7V
Families of the students were informed of the timeline of the circumstances in a letter that was sent out by Cardinal Newman Principal Robert Loia, stressing on the importance of knowing how the whole situation panned out. Reports determined that Cardinal Newman School leaders were contacted on July 13 by a parent of a student who had received a threatening video, made by the 16-year-old accused male student, that was rife with racially-charged messages. In the video, the teenager can be seen shooting a box of Jordans, which he says "is the favorite pair of shoes for a black man".
The grandson of @SCGOP grand wizard err... “elder” ... shows off family values he’s learned, Gets kicked out of school.— Will Morin, M.P.A. (@wmorin) August 6, 2019
Former Cardinal Newman student charged, banned from school property after violent and racially-charged videos surface https://t.co/rltmpvko77
The school immediately contacted the Richland County Sheriff's Department but were told by authorities that the racist video did not constitute a criminal act. The Cardinal Newman School administration continued their own investigation into the matter. The school met with the accused teenager's parents on July 15 when it was decided by the administration that the student would be expelled. The student's parents chose to withdraw him instead, which prompted the Cardinal Newman School administration to subsequently ban the 16-year-old from the school property.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the 16-year-old was detained on July 17 at the juvenile wing of Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after another video of the teenager surfaced, in which he can be seen threatening to shoot up the school. This was initially reported by a parent to the Cardinal Newman School administration, who then notified the authorities. The 16-year-old was arrested later that evening.
Every parent here and EVERYWHERE should be OUTRAGED for this. Those of us who live here and are not from here, really seem to get it. Groupthink is real. Look it up— SKPhD (@psychnerd4life) August 8, 2019
There is currently no update on the case from the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office, as it involves a minor.