Teen, 18, arrested over LGBT bomb threat
An 18-year-old has been charged over an alleged threat to “cleanse” his school of LGBT students.
Jonathan Logan-Guy Radford, a student at Byrnes High School in South Carolina, was arrested on October 18 after allegedly tweeting bomb threats against students at the school.
Police believe the teen threatened to bomb and “shoot up” the school, and made death threats targeted specifically at LGBT+ students.
Radford was arrested and charged with a first-degree bomb threat, which carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison and maximum of 10 years.
According to Fox Carolina, police were called to the school on October 18 after students reported seeing the bomb threats, which were made via anonymous tweets as well as direct messages to several other students.
The account tweeted: “The ultimate cleansing of all anti straight and non Christians will happen to day at 8:10 at James F Byrnes High School.”
In a private message to a student, the anonymous account added: “I know u and ur little group of friends are apart of a lgbt and I hate the lgbt community. So I plan on bombing and shooting up your school today to cleanse everyone that’s not straight or Christian.”
The school’s Gay-Straight Alliance were upset by the targeted nature of the threats.
A police report states that Radford was tracked via his IP address after Twitter was alerted about the threats. He was arrested on October 18 and charged.
Radford remains in custody, according to public records.
The bomb threat and arrest came four days before the start of a spate of attempted bombings targeted at major Democratic figures in the US.
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