COLUMBIA — A knife, marijuana and a racially tinged Snapchat post thrust Dylann Roof’s family back into the limelight and into the turbulent debate about weapons, race and school violence.
The arrest of the Emanuel AME Church shooter’s 18-year-old sister at A.C. Flora High School on Wednesday wasn’t even the most serious incident there in recent days. Three other students brought a .380 handgun and ammunition onto the property of the Columbia-area school just the day before.
But with her older brother awaiting his execution on death row, Morgan Roof’s vague threats over social media and her subsequent arrest went viral online, reopening deep wounds and directing scorn at the Roof family once again.
Dylann Roof’s relatives have largely shied away from public attention since the self-avowed white supremacist gunned down nine black worshippers during a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Most of his relatives skipped his high-profile death penalty trial and have had little to say publicly about the death sentence hanging over his head.
Several students at affluent A.C. Flora High said they weren’t