A 14-year-old middle school student is in custody after a message threatening to shoot up Lakewood High School posted to social media Sunday, according to the Sumter County Sheriffs Office.
We take all threats very seriously, said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis. We do not feel that he had the means or capability to carry out this threat. However, as a precaution, we have extra deputies at the school today.
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Dennis said the school district also worked closely with law enforcement to assure everyones safety.
Our schools are a safe haven for students and we are working closely with the school district to keep it that way, Dennis said. There is no reason to keep your child home from school today.
Dennis said the 14-year-old is still at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, and the school district will follow its own policy as far as disciplinary action.
This is the second time the 14-year-old has posted a threat on Facebook, according to the Sheriffs Office.
A 14-year-old student was charged after threatening to shoot up a Sumter County high school, a threat that he told deputies had to do with bullying.
A threat against Lakewood High School was posted on social media Sunday night, the Sumter County Sheriffs Office said Monday. In a screenshot of the threat provided by the sheriffs office, the poster expressed frustration over possibly being charged with conspiracy after saying I wanna kill people and shootup [sic] lakewood.
Deputies say a 14-year-old middle school student is in custody for the threat; however, there was no word Monday morning on charges.
We take all threats very seriously, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said in a release. We do not feel that he had the means or capability to carry out this threat. However, as a precaution, we have extra deputies at the school today.
The student, who is not being identified because of his age, was taken to the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, according to the sheriffs office.
He told us that the threat was regarding bullying at school, and we are investigating that, too, Dennis said.
This is the second time the student has posted a threat against Lakewood High on Facebook, according to the sheriffs office.