A 14-year-old student is behind bars in connection to a bomb threat aimed at Union County High School and a teacher, according to Union Public Safety.
Investigators say the threats were made against the school on October 30 and 31st.
School officials said nearly half the student body stayed home from school on Wednesday out of fear.
The teen is accused of posting a bomb threat on social media aimed at the high school and a teacher. Students, teachers, parents and law enforcement went into high gear to ensure safety following the alleged threat.
Stacy Eichelberger is a parent who picked up her daughter. She’s one of many parents who took or kept their child out of school because of bomb threats.
“I picked her up because the threats still coming in,” Eichelberger said.
“I think I’d rather just take the safe choice and take my child home.”
Although officials say the threats were posted under fake accounts, extra officers and school administrators want parents to know that they were on campus looking and watching.
“We have the students best interest at heart, we want to remain safe just like they do, if there is ever a danger of anybody being harmed, then were not going to be here,” Union County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Roach said.
Dr. Roach said close to 40 percent of the student body stayed away from campus, because of the threat. Those who came to school ate lunch inside.
“Some kids came this morning and their parents signed amount I shared with a couple of parents as parents we always have that right to make that determination for your child but I assured them this is probably the safest place you can be in Union today,” Dr. Roach said.
Officials say all threats are taken seriously.
SLED (S.C. Law Enforcement Division) brought in bomb sniffing dogs before the school day began. Local law enforcement also worked around the clock to make sure the school and the students were safe.
Captain Kevin Powers with Union Public Safety said when police come across a threat they will act on it and move forward with an investigation.
Police say the boy will be transferred to the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Columbia.
Powers said the boy has been charged with student threat.
A police report says the investigation remains active.