A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting at Orangeburg Wilkinson High that injured three students.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School will be closed for the remainder of the week, and counseling services will be provided to students, staff, and families.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, which injured three students.
According to the Orangeburg County School District, the three children were injured after gunshots were fired from a passing vehicle during afternoon dismissal. According to a subsequent remark, the injuries are not believed to be life threatening and the pupils are in stable condition.
An ambulance was seen departing the location on camera.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell of Orangeburg County said that one person was arrested in connection with the incident. He provided no other information, including whether the individual was facing a criminal prosecution. Additionally, he made no indications as to whether or not others were involved, or whether there is any indication as to what led up to the shooting.
According to the district, all other pupils are safe and sound.
Students were evacuated from the school and taken to the 3721 Magnolia Street Technology Center. Parents and guardians were required to present proper identification while picking up their children.
Dr. Shawn Foster, superintendent of Orangeburg County Schools, commended students and faculty for their cooperation as the situation evolved.
“We plan for things in the hope of never having to do them,” Foster explained.
While some parents expressed frustration with the wait, by 7:45 p.m., the majority of youngsters had been released.
Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, the school announced on its website that Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School will be closed for the balance of the week, including all after-school activities and athletic practices. Tomorrow, teachers and staff will report to work as scheduled.
Throughout the remainder of the week, officials say, Orangeburg-Wilkinson students, faculty, and families will have access to in-person and remote counseling resources.
At Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, teachers and staff will get in-person counseling.
Students and families in need of counseling will be handled at the Technology Center, 3721 Magnolia Street.
Additionally, remote counseling services will be provided. Visit the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School website for information on virtual counseling.
“We respectfully beg our community’s continued patience and prayers for all children, particularly those who incurred injuries as a result of this afternoon’s tragedy,” the district wrote.
On Monday, the Orangeburg School District returned after summer break.
Orangeburg is located around 45 miles from the state capital of South Carolina, Columbia.