Aiken teenager threatens high school violence

By: AikenCountySC.gov
By: AikenCountySC.gov

May 2, 2007

GRANITEVILLE, S.C.---The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office today arrested an Aiken teenager, who sent a series of electronic mail to a student threatening to carry out acts of violence at Midland Valley High School, in Graniteville, South Carolina.

Aaron K. Steele, 17, of Sunshine Circle, Aiken, South Carolina, is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Person Under 21, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Disturbing Schools.

“We acted immediately this morning when we received the information,” said Sheriff Michael Hunt. “The school district followed its plan and moved promptly to place Midland Valley in lock-down. The young lady who received these messages displayed great courage in coming forward with this information,” he added.

At 9:45 a.m., ACSO arrested the subject at his home. Investigators served a search warrant and recovered a handgun under the subject’s bed. They also seized a personal computer, which will be analyzed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The subject is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.


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  • by Zachary Location: the void on May 4, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    yeah, okay. so good job to the folks that caught him. and yeah he's messed up. anyone think it has any relation the VT shooting?
  • by Jim Location: Aiken on May 4, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    Rick wake up and get some coffee. Defense of an enemy that did attack is a lot different then planning a attack on a school. Once again liberal thinking didnt make America free or give everyone to have and express free speech. But had you served and fought for freedom then you wouldnt be so likely to surrender it so easily. I am a 100 percent disabled Veteran and only regret that I can no longer serve with the fine men and women who serve honorably. But your thoughts is what gives the enemy hope. But if you believe these radicals will respect you then you are sadly mistaken This young man needs help not excuses, everyone is responsible for their own actions period. excuses never solve the problem, only encourages more justification for bad behavior.
  • by Rick James Location: Wagener, S.C. on May 3, 2007 at 08:30 PM
    How can we expect our children to not act out violently when everyday they are bombarded by visions of killing, bombing and maiming. All of our children are living in a domestic battleground, but are ignored so that people can be killed half way around the world. Children live what they learn and all they see as the right way to handle problems is through violence and weapons. I am thankful this young man was not able to acheive his goal and hurt anyone.
  • by Brian on May 3, 2007 at 06:22 PM
    Well um i dont know this kid or the girl involved but after this happened and i looked at his myspace it makes me very uncomfortable being at school. You see things like this on tv but never expect it to happen in your area much less your on school.Hopefully he is handled correctly by the police.
  • by Lady J on May 3, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    Instead of threatening peoples lives u should have been watching pro active commercials! You Look Depressed!!!!
  • by Billy Location: Johnson on May 2, 2007 at 10:44 PM
    I've seen Aaron's myspace, and read comments hes left. He planned on going to jail from what he told someone. He really needs some help. I also know the girl involved. This is exerpt from his profile: Occupation: murders and executions Tell me that doesnt signle someone that needs help. He says he goes to South Aiken. I have never heard of or seen him before in Midland Valley, so why send threats about MVHS? He should be in school at SAHS, not comming to MVHS to kill students.
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