An Aiken, South Carolina teenager was arrested after threatening to “stalk from classroom to classroom” shooting teachers and students at a nearby high school. Aaron Steele’s arrest is another sign that schools around the country are no longer overlooking such frightening statements from students.
Steele was arrested and has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 21, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and disturbing schools.
Steele, who has never been a student at the school, sent five emails to a female student. According to an incident report, in one of the emails he said that “he would stalk from classroom to classroom … with an AR-10 gas powered semiautomatic weapon, pumping round after round into teachers and students.” The girl’s parents immediately contacted school officials, who were advised by law enforcement to lock down the school.
Steele is being held after being unable to post a $75,465 bail.