ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — One person is in custody after three students were shot Wednesday in a shooting during dismissal at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, according to officials.
Investigators say a 14-year-old was arrested about an hour after the shooting while still on campus. His name was not released, but authorities say they are talking about charging him as an adult with three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.
The school said all students have been secured in the building and another dismissal location and other information will be shared with students and families when it’s available.
The students who were shot are in stable condition, according to the school.
Students were transported to the Technology Center on Magnolia Street, where parents or guardians can re-unite with students. Proper ID will need to be shown, according to the school. The students of the students who were shot have been contacted directly.
“All students are safe and being accounted for following such a traumatic experience this afternoon,” the school said.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson administrators said the school will be closed for the rest of the week and counseling services will b e available.
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman tweeted the following statement:
“My heart is heavy for the students & staff at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High impacted by this senseless act of violence. I am thankful for the swift action of first responders and hope that those responsible are held accountable. We must ensure schools are safe learning environments.”
No other information was immediately available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.