Police: 10-year-old threatened to kill Rock Hill officer

Police: 10-year-old threatened to kill Rock Hill officer


by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 7:00 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A 10-year-old boy cited for disturbing his school also threatened to shoot and kill a Rock Hill police officer, police say.

Police have not charged the juvenile with the threat, saying the initial charge involving the incident at school is appropriate for the situation.

The trouble started last week at Oakdale Elementary School when the boy got mad.

"He started getting mad and then he like threw a temper tantrum and the principal had to come in," said a third grade student.

The third grader added the principal took the boy into a classroom to calm down.

That's when it got worse.

The police report says the boy started throwing items around the classroom, turning over desks and swearing at staff.

School officials called for help and that's when an officer took the boy to the Rock Hill Police Department. 

While there, the report states, the boy threatened to take the officer's gun and blow the officer's head off.  A witness said the yelling was so loud that he could hear it through the entire building.

Police cited the boy for disturbing a school and handed him over to his mother.  That's when he tried to open the jail door, laid on the ground and refused to get up.  A witness says the officers picked the boy up and put him in his mother's car.

Back at the school, parent Dena Oliver said that's the last thing students and teachers need.

"I don't want my child going home and being afraid to go to school the next day," Oliver said.

The student's name has been redacted from the police report since he's a minor.

Rock Hill Schools can't talk specifics, but in general says incidents like these can lead to a student being suspended and receiving counseling when they come back.

The district also said the majority of students involved in incidents like these have some type of disability and the district would look into whether a child's education or behavior intervention plan needs changing.