COLUMBIA - Three Department of Juvenile Justice staffers have been suspended following the apparent suicide of a teen at the detention center.
Preliminary information has revealed that a 16-year-old Anderson County boy committed suicide at DJJ's detention center in his dorm room on Sunday around 11:45 p.m., agency spokeswoman Loretta Neal said in a written release. The teen was awaiting trial for a burglary charge and was being held at the detention center. He was facing charges as an adult.
The teen had been held at the detention center since April. He was not being held in solitary confinement or under suicide watch, Neal said. She added no one has committed suicide at the detention center since 1984.
DJJ and SLED are both conducting investigations into the boy's death.
"Any time a young person dies it is a tragedy, especially under circumstances like this," Neal wrote. "DJJ extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the young man."