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A Howard Middle School student may be considered for expulsion after he allegedly sent a text message on Monday morning saying, “Ready to shoot up my school bro,” according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The 16-year-old allegedly sent the text to a student in North. The North police chief reported the text to the sheriff’s office.

A deputy then met with the student and an assistant principal at Howard Middle School, located at 1255 Belleville Road in Orangeburg.

The report states that the assistant principal searched the student and the student’s belongings. He then asked the student if he’d sent text messages to another student.

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“He said yes and dropped his head,” the report states.

The student then unlocked his cellphone and showed the message to the deputy, the report said.

The student in North apparently sent a reply that said, “Chill out no” and then told the accused student that he was going to block him from sending messages, the report said.

The assistant principal told the deputy that the Howard Middle School student will be recommended for expulsion.

A deputy sent the case information to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 spokesman Bill Clark said that he cannot discuss the incident while it is under investigation.

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