The Horry County Police Department has arrested eight Socastee High School students in connection with a Nov. 20 bullying incident, according to police spokesman Lt. Raul Denis.

Late Wednesday evening, Denis released the names of the suspects charged:

• Shawn Preston Collins

• Joseph Max O'Ryan

• Johnathon Herring

• Dylan James Garvelink

• Austin Ray Duncan

• Collen Nicholas Bailey

• Thomas Arnold Young

• Drew Jason Keough

All have been charged with assault by mob, third degree; and disturbing schools, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center booking list.

According to arrest warrants, the suspects did "interfere and disrupt the tranquility of the learning environment" and did "knowingly and willingly participate in the bullying and assault by mob of the victim, a juvenile student."

At least one of the suspects was recently charged in a previous incident.

Collins, 17, was booked Oct. 14 on a charge of carrying weapons onto school property. He was released on $5,000 bond, jail records show.

The charge stems from an Oct. 14 incident in which a pocket knife was found in the suspect's pocket, an Horry County police report said.

According to the report, the suspect and two others were out in the parking lot during school hours. The officer who wrote the report said the three students smelled of cigarette smoke.

When the suspect was asked to empty his pockets, police found a folded pocket knife. The blade measured between 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 inches long.

Bond was set at $5,000 and the suspect was released from police custody the following day.

The incident report about the bullying case states police were notified by school officials about a video of a bullying incident that took place during lunch on Nov. 20.

The video, the report states, shows some of the suspects bullying the 15-year-old male victim.

“School administration stated that the video shows the suspects appearing to befriend the victim and then when he walks over, a full trashcan was placed over the suspects head and the suspects begin to push the victim around while joking and laughing at him,” the report states.

One of the suspects claimed his only participation was videoing the incident. He admitted the video was on his personal phone. It was seized by the officer.

While police were talking to the victim’s father, the victim was crying about what was done to him, the officer wrote.

He said he had a headache and sore ribs because of the incident and he kept asking the officer “why would they do this?”

“I informed the victim I did not have an answer for him,” the officer states.

On Tuesday, the victim withdrew from Socastee High and is now attending another school, the report states.

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GloriaR

“Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” is a song on YouTube that can help teach children about kindness and tolerance, and help combat bullying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo

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