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Clinton teen arrested for social-media threats

Damon Kempster

A Clinton teenager was arrested Wednesday by deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with making threats toward a school.

Damon Keith Kempster, 17, of Torrington Road in Clinton, was charged with breach of peace of a high-and-aggravated nature, according to a release from the LCSO.

The deputies initially responded to an altercation between Kemp and his younger sister, said LCSO Capt. Robert Wilkie. Wilkie said the dispute appeared to be over the social-media posts Kempster was making in which he was threatening to “shoot a school.” He did not identify which school he was allegedly targeting.

When deputies arrived, Kempster reportedly fled on foot, but returned to the residence a short time later, and he was arrested without incident.


  1. Mary fowler on May 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Damon never threatened to shoot up any schools. In his comments on his post he said it was his autocorrect and that he wasn’t shooting up any schools

    • Courtney Hunnicutt on May 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Free Damon!

  2. Courtney Hunnicutt on May 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Maybe the police should’ve read the “threats” before they arrested him! Because he clearly said on social media that autocorrect messed it up and he wasn’t going to shoot a school up because somebody else said that it sounded like a school shooting threat.

  3. Anonymous on May 23, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Even if he threatened or not, it still isn’t acceptable to make fun or make a joke about it. Sure, it could’ve been a spell-check, but policemen have to be very cautious about things ever since what happened in Florida. I get where they are coming from.

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