Mom of Upstate teen talks tough love after school threat

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(WSPA) – A Laurens County mom spoke exclusively with 7News about the arrest of her son, for posting a social media threat about shooting at a school.

Kristy Kempster tells 7News anchor Amy Wood, it wasn’t easy but she had no choice and believes her son must deal with the consequences, but she’s also trying to raise awareness about mental health issues with adolescents in South Carolina.

Watch Kempster’s first TV interview above, as it appeared on Monday night’s 7News at 7.

17-year-old Damon Kempster was arrested May 2 and charged with aggravated breach of peace after a social media was reported to law enforcement by his family.

Watch the full interview above.

The family later released a statement regarding the arrest and the threat:

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

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