A former Hemingway High School student was arrested after allegedly making a threat to "shoot up" the school via social media.
On Friday, Dec. 9, Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Kamren Lavez Heyward, Road Runner Loop, hours after the school received the threat through Facebook.
In an interview with Times staff on Dec. 9, WCSO Investigator Alex Edwards said he and another investigator were at HHS for an anti-bullying presentation when they received word the school had been threatened at about 1 p.m.
"There was a threat that was posted on social media via Facebook by an individual known by the name Kam Kam," Edwards said, "in reference that he was going to shoot up Hemingway High School."
According to Heyward's arrest warrant, he was expelled from the school on Dec. 8. Because of that, Edwards said, authorities considered the threat to be a serious one.
"He poses a credible threat," Edwards said. "He was a student at the high school until he got expelled. ... We're not taking any chances whatsoever."
All schools in Hemingway were placed on lockdown after the threat was posted. Additionally, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, Andrews Police Department, South Carolina Highway Patrol and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division were called to assist in the search for Heyward, who was linked to the social media account.
That search would continue for about one hour. GCSO Public Information Officer Alma Sierra said SLED and SCHP officers found Heyward at a relative's house on Mahogany Avenue in Andrews about an hour after the threat was posted.
After Heyward's arrest, Edwards said the WCSO was coordinating with the Third Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office to determine what, if any, criminal charges would be lodged against him.
"The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the Third Circuit Solicitor’s Office concerning the appropriate charge against Heyward," Edwards said, in an email release. "Investigators did not discover any weapons, or any plans to execute anyone at the residence."
Because of that, Heyward was charged with disturbing schools, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and no more than 90 days in jail. It was unknown as of this writing if he was being represented by an attorney.