Witness: Boy idolized school shooters

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A psychologist has testified that a South Carolina boy charged with wounding a school resource officer in Horry County and bringing pipe bombs to school idolized other school shooters.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the testimony came during a hearing Tuesday on whether the youth should be tried as an adult in the September incident at Socastee High School.

Defense psychologist Joel Heffler says the 15-year-old suffers depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder but is a good student.

Heffler says the youth is sorry for the pain he’s caused others but also idolizes other school shooters. Heffler says the student needs two to three years of intensive mental health treatment.

Several classmates testified they were surprised to be on a hit list in the boy’s journal.

Information from: The Sun News

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