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Sheriff: Laurens District 55 students charged after threatening social media posts

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The Laurens County Sheriff said two Laurens District 55 students are facing charges after possible threats were made on social media.

On Wednesday, deputies said they were notified of inappropriate comments made on social media by a 17-year-old regarding the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida.

After an investigation, the student was charged with disturbing schools.

In another incident, Sheriff Don Reynolds said a juvenile student made inappropriate comments on social media which were perceived as a threat. The student was charged with making a bomb threat.

“Keeping our schools and our children safe will always be our first priority," Reynolds said. "We strive to make sure that our future generations have a safe and secure learning environment. Any threats and/or inappropriate comments which cause fear in a school environment will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and accordingly.”

Laurens District 55 released the following statement on the incidents:

The environment created in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting has led students across the country to take extreme action. Whether it is copycat threats or student protests, every school is dealing with the emotional nature of the current situation. Laurens County School District 55 is not immune to these student behaviors. Both district and school administrators, in cooperation with law enforcement when or if necessary, are being proactive in addressing any issue that may arise. Our paramount concern is student/staff safety and campus security. “We are certainly in a heightened state of awareness but we are also working toward long-term systemic solutions to address this issue,” said Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Peters, Laurens County School District 55.

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