Marteillia Greenlee and her daughter, Chatoya Braddy. (Oct. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Pickens County deputies are charging an Upstate high school student in connection with statements they said she made during class.
Chief Deputy Creed Hash said a Daniel High School student was charged with disturbing schools and breach of peace following their investigation into the report that she made a threat in front of classmates and a teacher.
FOX Carolina spoke with the student and her mother, who said it is not true.
According to the school's disciplinary notice, Chatoya Braddy, a junior, was overheard by her teacher and several classmates making comments about killing people, C-4 and blowing up the school.
The notice states she was suspended following the incident on Oct. 18. Deputies said the district had a hearing on Thursday, leading to her expulsion.
But Braddy said it's been a misunderstanding. The girl's mother called FOX Carolina on Thursday, and said her daughter was having a conversation at school and a teacher overheard.
"We began talking about stuff we've seen on the news, or what we heard, and we got on the situation about terrorists. That's when she asked me about the C-4, and I told her, 'Yeah, it could be used.' Because that's what it's meant for. It's an explosive," said Chatoya Braddy.
Chatoya's mother also said her daughter may charged by the Pickens County Sheriff's Office on Friday. But she said she thinks the situation has gone too far.
"First off, I'm thinking that they should have did a more in-depth investigation because from what they're going on, it's hearsay," said Marteillia Greenlee, Chatoya's mother.
Pickens County School District officials said school staff was aware of the threatening comments, and appropriate disciplinary action was taken. Officials said the case was turned over to the Pickens County Sheriff's Office for further investigation.
Deputies said they spoke with several students and the teacher as part of the investigation. They said they could not release specific details about the investigation or threat, but they did say no specific student was identified or targeted as a victim.
Deputies also said they never found weapons or contraband at the school.
A family court hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for the latest in this developing story.
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