UPDATE: A person accused of making a social media threat to J.L. Mann High School will be charged, and officials are investigating similar threats at other schools. Law enforcement and additional district personnel are onsite at the schools as a precaution.
Greenville County Schools released a statement on Monday, saying the source who made the original threatening post has been identified and is being charged by police. That person’s identity has not been released.
We can confirm that the source who made the original threatening post on social media regarding JL Mann High School has been identified and is being charged by law enforcement. In keeping with the protocols of our emergency plan, we will have additional law enforcement and district personnel on campus today to provide an extra layer of security and to reassure students and staff. Parents are asked to remind their children that making threats against other students and the school has serious consequences.
Law enforcement, the district and school administrations are investigating similar social media threats at multiple schools. While there’s a possibility these threats could be linked, each is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. Law enforcement and additional district personnel are onsite at the schools in keeping with our emergency response plan. Parents are urged to remind their children that making threats against other students and the school has serious consequences.Greenville County Schools
Greenville Police said officers took the source of the social media threat into custody Monday morning and charged him with Student Threats. He is fifteen years old, they said.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville Police Department is investigating a threat that was made to J.L. Mann High School on Sunday. Additional police will be at the school on Monday as a precautionary measure.
Greenville County Schools and the police department confirmed the incident. The threat was made anonymously on social media.
Parents of students at the high school have been notified of the situation, and the school district will have additional security on campus Monday morning.
“There will be additional police presence at the high school tomorrow as a precautionary measure,” Sergeant Johnathan Bragg of the Greenville Police Department said. “We are investigating the social media post.”
The following is a statement from Greenville County Schools:
“We are aware of a threatening post circulating on social media. As is so often the case on these platforms, the threat was anonymous and has been shared multiple times. Law enforcement is working with us to question students in an effort to backtrack and identify the individual who initiated the post. GCS will have additional law enforcement and district personnel on campus tomorrow to provide an extra layer of security and to reassure students and staff.”
Posted on the schools Facebook page is also a link to their current attendance policy which you can read here.