GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A group of parents whose children go to Hillcrest High School are asking Simpsonville Police to reopen the investigation into what some are calling threats of violence to the African American community.
Community Parents is a group formed by parents of students at Hillcrest High. The group held a press conference Monday to say they will be using their collective voice to fight racism.
They said it is in response to a photo that was sent around the student body showing a Hillcrest student holding a gun and a sign that said “We hang n-words for free.”
Parents said no action was taken by Simpsonville Police because it was a white girl who held the gun and the sign.
Simpsonville Police said they found no criminal wrongdoing in their investigation.
Parents said not only was the sign racist, but the gun shown was a threat to the community.
Investigators were able to question the girl in the photo last week.
SPD said they found no credible threat or indication that she was going to carry out actions to harm anyone.
Community Parents said the student did more than express her freedom of speech. They said she instituted fighting words.
Community Parents have posted a petition asking for more action to be taken.
Greenville County Schools said the student has been suspended.