The Latest: Psychologist says teen's rehabilitation possible
Feb. 14, 2018
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing whether a teenager is to be tried as an adult in a South Carolina school shooting (all times local):
A clinical psychologist says a teen charged with a fatal shooting at his old elementary school in South Carolina could be rehabilitated, but she doesn't know how long that will take.
Dr. Danielle Atkinson says the teen talked about being sorry for the killings of his father and a first-grader at Townville Elementary School in September 2016, but showed no outward signs that he was remorseful.
Media outlets report that Atkinson testified Wednesday that the teen didn't seem to understand the seriousness of what he did. She was speaking at a hearing to decide if the teen is tried as an adult or a juvenile in the killings.
An FBI agent says social media messages from a teen appear to show he planned to shoot children at his old elementary school in South Carolina.
The Instagram messages found by FBI agent Shandal Ewing also show the then 14-year-old boy planned to kill his father to get his truck keys to drive to Townville Elementary School in September 2016.
News outlets report the agent testified Tuesday in a hearing to determine if the boy is tried as an adult for killing his father and a first grader when he was 14.
Ewing also showed a message the teen sent to his Instagram friends saying he thought about shooting at a middle school, but there was a police officer assigned there.
The hearing enters its third day Wednesday.