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  • State and federal law enforcement are investigating a wave of hoax school shooting reports across South Carolina. More than a dozen districts from Charleston to Greenville got phony emergency calls on Wednesday. According to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, at least one 911 caller faked their ID information to make it seem like the message came from inside Blythewood High School. Lott said that information forced him to send waves of deputies and to ask students and teachers to hide behind locked classroom doors. Everyone from the governor to police demanded serious punishment for causing such emotional harm and taking away a day of learning.
  • Prosecutors say a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his classmate in a South Carolina middle school hallway should be tried as an adult on a murder charge. Monday's request by prosecutors to move the case out of Family Court did not include any explanation on why the boy should be charged as an adult. Murder carries a sentence of 30 years to life in prison in South Carolina. If he is convicted as a juvenile, he couldn't be kept in jail after he turns 22. Jamari Cortez Bonaparte Jackson was shot during a class change at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville on March 31.