Sheriff: State needs laws against hate crime, FBI contacted regarding case involving former Cardinal Newman student

town hall set for Thursday in wake of disturbing post by former Cardinal Newman student

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference Thursday afternoon about the viral video of a former Cardinal Newman High School student making violent threats against black students.

Sheriff Lott said the student was arrested following the alert (July 13) and investigation into the post in a thread that was being circulated among students.

During a search of the teen’s home on July 17, 20 guns were recovered, Lott said.

The teen faces a misdemeanor charge and could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

During the press conference Lott said while it’s not against the law to be racist, the state needs tougher hate crime laws.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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