A Clinton High School student is in custody after an investigation of a social media threat, authorities said.
The 15-year-old female student sent messages to a male student on a social media site that ultimately led to threats, according to Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy.
The threat was investigated by Anderson County school officials and school resource officers and detectives from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Lucas said.
The female student was identified and arrested this morning, Lucas said. She is currently being held in juvenile detention pending a hearing.
Anderson County Schools Director Tim Parrott said there had been rumors on social media about a threat at Clinton High School on Wednesday night.
“The threat was a hoax, and the person responsible has been identified and dealt with appropriately,” Parrott said. “There was never a danger to anyone. The safety of our students and staff are our top priority.”
“Our thanks to those parents and students who report potential threats to law enforcement or school administrators,” Lucas said. “All reports are treated as serious and are investigated to ensure the safety of students and staff. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and Anderson County Schools work together each and every day to keep our schools safe.”
There are rumors on social media about a threat at CHS last night. The threat was a hoax and the person responsible has been identified and dealt with appropriately. There was never a danger to anyone. The safety of our students and staff are our top priority.
— Dr. Tim Parrott (@TimTparrott) February 22, 2018
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