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Police: Student planted pipe bombs at school

Sep 23, 2010 6:54:00 AM - thestate.com

Authorities disarmed and removed several pipe bombs they found in a high school after a freshman confronted an on-campus officer and fired a gun before being taken into custody, police said.

About 1,400 students at Socastee High School, just south of Myrtle Beach, were evacuated to a football field after the confrontation Tuesday. Students returned to school Wednesday after walking through metal detectors.

The incident began when school resource officer Erik Karney encountered the freshman and the two got into a struggle, Horry County Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler said. During the fight, the student shot at Karney, and while the bullet missed him, the officer was injured after it struck a wall, Kegler said.

Karney disarmed the student and took him into custody. Karney was later treated and released from a hospital.

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