Upstate Student Charged With Making Threats At School

2:37 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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Central, SC (Greenville News) -- A 16-year-old Daniel High student was charged with disturbing schools and breach of peace after administrators investigated "alarming statements" made by a student in the presence of a teacher, the Pickens County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

The student, who is a juvenile, was immediately removed from the classroom and subsequently suspended pending an expulsion hearing, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office said it conducted an investigation that resulted in the student being charged Friday. During the investigation, several students along with the faculty member were interviewed, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said it wouldn't discuss specifics of the case prior to it being heard in Family Court. Deputies confirmed the charges stemmed from statements made about the potential use of hazardous devices and firearms. No specific student was identified or targeted as a potential victim, deputies said.

The incident occurred Oct. 18, deputies said.

John Eby, a spokesman for the Pickens County School District, said Daniel High staff overheard a student describing what sounded like a plan to attack the school. The school resource officer was notified, and the student "was immediately put under supervision," Eby said in an e-mail.

The matter was turned over to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office for investigation, and the student hasn't been permitted back on school property since the incident, Eby said.

It isn't the district's policy to discuss details of student disciplinary actions, but Eby confirmed the student was referred for expulsion.

"Our staff at Daniel High school responded quickly and responsibly to ensure that the students were never in immediate physical danger," Eby said. "We will not tolerate words or actions that threaten the safety of our students or disrupt the environment of our schools."

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