Killed high school student was autistic, officer released

New details unraveled over the weekend on the high school incident that involved a student and an officer. Last Friday, a Carolina Forest High School student asked the school’s resource officer, Lance Corporal Marcus Rhodes, if they could talk. It was then the student, 16-year-old Trevor Varinecz, pulled out a knife and stabbed the officer several times, according to investigators. Authorities say the officer retaliated by shooting Varinecz five times, which resulted in death.
No word on exactly why Varinecz pulled out the knife, but friends say he was not a violent person. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Varinecz suffered from a mild form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. Rhodes was released from the hospital.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.