LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The family of a 17-year-old boy, accused of threatening a school shooting in a social media post, issued a statement Friday apologizing for their loved one’s actions.
Investigators said Damon Keith Kempster, of Clinton, stated in a post on social media that he was going to shoot a school. He didn’t name the specific school.
Sheriff Reynolds said Kempster was arrested after returning home and charged with aggravated breach of peace.
On Friday, Kempter’s family issued the following statement:
In light of the current situation our family would like to give our sincerest apology for the actions of our son. Our son has struggled with mental illness since he was a small child. Over the years he has received help from numerous agencies. Our son is and was in crisis mode and was not thinking clearly. This by no means diminishes the severity of our sons actions. Our family asks that out of this tragedy we hope that this will help someone else. If you know someone that is struggling with mental health issues please reach out to them, show them support. Please do not take the things they say lightly. Our son has always had a huge support system and as soon as his father and I seen his cries for help on social media we contacted Law enforcement. As a parent that is a hard pill to swallow, but we knew for the safety of the community and for our sons safety we had to act fast. We are very grateful to the Laurens County Sheriffs Office for the care that they have shown our family in this matter
The Kempster Family