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Anderson Co. student charged for social media threats aimed at Oconee Co. high school

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Deputies in Anderson County said a Pendleton High School student was arrested Monday in connection with a social media threat directed toward students at West Oak High School in Oconee County.

Lt. Sheila Cole said Anderson County and Oconee County deputies investigated and a juvenile male was taken into custody. The teen will be charged with unlawful communication and remanded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Oconee County sheriff said deputies extra deputies were placed at Oconee County schools but students were not believed to be in any danger.

"The Sheriff’s Office will continue to be proactive when it comes to safety at our schools,” Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said.  “Any threats or disturbances will be investigated and those responsible will be arrested and charged appropriately.” 

Crenshaw released the following statement:

 “A student outside of Oconee County through social media made what is at this point an unsubstantiated threat towards the students at West-Oak High School.

As a precaution, I had extra deputies at all of our Westminster area schools.  In cooperation with law enforcement outside of the county, the student is currently being interviewed and an investigation in underway.

We do not believe there is any danger to students in Oconee County at this time.  We will update as more information becomes available.”

School district officials confirmed the school was briefly on a “code yellow” alert while deputies investigating but said school operations quickly returned to normal. A lockdown was never issued.

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