Suspect in custody in St. James High School flag burning
UPDATE: Horry County Police confirm that a suspect has been taken
into custody in connection with today's flag burning at St. James High
Police have released the identity of the suspect but the 17-year-old has not been charged yet. WBTW News13 is also being told that investigators are still on the scene of the teen's home on Indigo Creek Blvd.
Police Lt. Robert Kegler identifies the teen as Nick Newell, saying that charges are pending....
Parents have been allowed to pick up students from St. James Middle School, but no one is allowed back on the St. James High property.
Horry County police officers are investigating an arson case at St. James High School Monday morning.
According to Lt. Robert Kegler, officers were called to the school when school officials found what appeared to be multiple American flags burned at the front doors of the school's main entrance.
Kegler said a part of the school entrance did suffer minor damage from the fire that is believed to have been started long before students arrived.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., students were bused to an alternative location with air conditioning while police continued to investigate, Kelger said.
Kegler said the county's arson investigator is on the scene.
Horry County School's Public Information Officer Teal Britton said the school was placed on lockdown early as students arrived, but has since been evacuated as a precaution.
The Horry County Police Bomb Squad team has also been called to investigate.
Students were allowed inside the school this morning and directed to go the gym before classes began.
From WBTW-TV 13
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