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Sheriff Chuck Wright responds to copycat threats in wake of FL school shooting

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Deputy at Broome High School (FOX Carolina/ Feb 15, 2018) Deputy at Broome High School (FOX Carolina/ Feb 15, 2018)
School administrators suspend 4th grade Pacolet student after threat. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 19, 2019) School administrators suspend 4th grade Pacolet student after threat. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 19, 2019)
SPARTANBURG COUNTY (FOX Carolina) -

Less than a week after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Spartanburg County law enforcement officers said they responded to three security threats in three different schools in the past week.

School officials at DR Hill Middle School said a student made a possible threat on Monday.  That student has since been removed from the school.

In an email to parents, school officials said,

“Today we were informed of a possible threat by one of our DR Hill students. At this time this student has been removed from our school and law enforcement are working with us. We believe our school is extremely safe and even if a student makes a threat in a joking manner they will be dealt with according to our discipline code. All students should know we take any threat seriously and anyone who attempts to make a threat will be disciplined to the fullest extent possible and could face criminal charges.”

Sheriff Chuck Wright said law enforcement is taking this latest threat and all threats seriously, even if it’s made in a joking manner.

“I want everybody to know, that's thinking about making those idle threats, we don't tolerate it at all, Sheriff Wright said, “We treat it like it's about to happen.”

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said they assisted Lyman Police with the initial investigation. At this time, it's still unclear if charges will be filed.

Another Spartanburg County school amped up security on Monday. Pacolet Elementary had extra officers on campus after a threat was made last week.

Spartanburg District 3 said a 4th grader was suspended from the elementary school after making a threat toward another 4th grader on Friday.

Both incidents occurred days after deputies said a Broome High School student was arrested for making a threat over Snapchat.

Sheriff Wright said they are taking every precaution to keep kids safe and had a message for anyone thinking about making a copycat threat.

“The penalty for this can be as deep as you not seeing your family for years and years and years and it will always come with a mental evaluation, which will hinder you for the rest of your life,” Sheriff Wright said, “Is that what you want, all because a joke? Telling somebody that their shoes are untied, that's a joke, but talking about hurting kids in school, come on!”

Sheriff Wright said students should be observant and vigilant and report any threats to law enforcement.

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