Sister of Dylann Roof charged after bringing drugs, weapons to school
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has been charged after deputies say she brought weapons to school on National Walkout Day.
On Wednesday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said that 18-year-old Morgan Roof was charged with simple possession of marijuana and two counts of carrying a weapon on school grounds.
Reportedly, a school resource officer was contacted by a school administrator after marijuana, pepper spray and a knife were found on Roof.
There was also a social media post on Snapchat which caused students and staff to be alarmed.
The social media post reads:
"Your walking out for the allowed time of 17 mins, they are letting you do this, nothing is gonna change, what tf you think it's gonna do? I hope it's a trap and yall get shot, we know it's fixing to be nothing but black people walking out anyway, no offense ofc buuuuut"
Roof was immediately arrested by the school's SRO for violating school policy.
No students were harmed and she has been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
She appeared in bond court Wednesday night where her bond was set at $5,000. She was charged with carrying weapons on school property. Roof was also ordered not to return to the incident location.
The principal at A.C. Flora High School sent a message to parents. Read the full statement below or click here:
AC Flora is fortunate to have a close and caring community which is open to sharing information. I want to thank those of you who have called to share concerns about what you may have heard from our students. In an effort to stop rumors, I would like to explain recent events that have occurred at AC Flora.
As many of you know, today was set as a time for a student walkout. Our student leaders had asked to be allowed to spend seventeen minutes to remember each of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. This student-led event was voluntary. The walkout went well with only a minor verbal disagreement that occurred at dismissal from the event. A rumor then started that a certain student had a weapon. This was heavily investigated and found to be inaccurate. In a separate situation, a student used social media to post a hateful message. The posting was not a threat, but was extremely inappropriate. That student was dealt with in a swift and severe manner as the posting caused quite a disruption.
In an isolated incident yesterday, administration was notified that there was possibly a weapon on campus. Through diligent work from the Assistant Principals and the School Resource Officers, an unloaded weapon was recovered. The investigation of this matter involves law enforcement as well as school officials. Discipline for students involved will follow the Richland One Code of Conduct.
I realize that rumors and the tragic school shootings in Florida are events that can cause anxiety for our students, parents, faculty, and the community. Be assured that the safety of our students will always be our top priority. We must continue to work together to maintain a safe and positive learning environment. Please feel free to contact me at 803.807.8697 if you have questions or concerns.
Gov. Henry McMaster also issued a statement:
"Potential tragedy was avoided at AC Flora High School. In two separate incidents, students and educators reacted quickly to reports of suspicious activity and behavior to their Richland County Sheriff's Department school resource officer. We owe a debt of gratitude to all involved who acted so quickly and decisively.
"For months, I have called on the General Assembly to join me in placing a trained, certified police officer in every school, in every county, all day, every day. We don't need anymore legislative study committees, debates, or deliberation, we know what we need to do and we need action now. Today was proof positive."