A Greenwood teen is facing charges after he allegedly threatened at least three coaches and staff members at Emerald High School Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to the athletic conference room at Emerald High School at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call about a student threatening coaches and other staff members. When police arrived, they saw Tyrel Wideman, 17, in the conference room with the coaches. Wideman was visibly upset and taking an aggressive stance. Wideman complied with police when they told him to put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed.
According to the report, Wideman threatened to assault and kill a number of staff members at the school, including an assistant principal and athletic director Tim McMahon. Witnesses told police that Wideman used racial slurs and threatened to assault and kill both school officials and law enforcement when they arrived. Wideman told the school officials he knew what he was doing, at point stating, “If I pick up that pen and stab you in the (expletive) neck, that will be murder and I don’t give a (expletive). I will go to jail the rest of my life.”
According to the report, witnesses told police that Wideman called his mother and told her he was about to be arrested. Wideman told school officials that he would get out of jail and come back to get them and another student. Wideman also said that police would have to use tasers to take him down. It is unclear from the report what made Wideman angry.
Wideman has been charged with disturbing schools and threatening the life of a public official.