COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The sister of the man sentenced to die for killing nine people at a South Carolina church in 2015 has been arrested at her school and charged with bringing pepper spray, a knife and marijuana onto the campus.
Morgan Roof, 18, was arrested Wednesday at A.C. Flora High School after a school administrator contacted the school resource officer, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release.
She is charged with two counts of carrying a weapon on school grounds and one count of simple possession of marijuana.
No one was hurt.
A judge set her bond at $5,000 and said she could not return to the school. She was screened for a public defender. It was not known if she has an attorney yet. Atlanta Black Star spoke with a representative at ABC Bonding Co. located in Columbia, South Carolina. It’s confirmed that $5,000 is the going rate for the charges but the bond could have been set as high as $7,500. Morgan Roof has already bonded out.
Investigators say Roof also posted a Snapchat about the National School Walkout day protest against gun violence that alarmed fellow students, but no charges were filed for that message. The message included disparaging remarks against Black students.
“I hope it’s a trap and ya’ll get shot we know it’s fixing to be nothing but black people walkin out anyway. No offense ofc buuut,” she stated in the video.
This is Morgan Roof, Dylann Roofs little sister, her snapchats there and all do your thang twitter pic.twitter.com/MttSF875is
— ur mom (@irritatedheaux) March 14, 2018
School principal Susan Childs posted a letter to parents on the school’s Twitter page explaining what occurred while students walked out to remember the 17 killed in the Parkland, Florida, Valentine’s Day school shooting.
“A student used social media to post a hateful message. The posting was not a threat, but was extremely inappropriate. That student was dealt with in a swift and severe manner as the posting caused quite a disruption,” Childs wrote.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a statement Wednesday night praising school administrators and the sheriff’s department, saying a “potential tragedy” was avoided at the school.
Dylann Roof was convicted of fatally shooting nine African-American parishioners at a Charleston church in 2015. A week before his sentencing in January 2017, Roof met with his family and told his sister he would invite her to his execution.
A video recording of one of the visits showed Roof’s sister trying to make small talk. Roof asked his sister what she wanted to do as a career, scoffing at the unoriginality of her dream to be a nurse. He told her that he no longer had to worry about making a living because he was in prison.
Roof’s sister smiled back. “You’re a professional dumbass,” she said.
Associated Press contributed to this story.