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Officials: Upstate high school student could be expelled after admitting to posting school threat on social media

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A Byrnes Freshman Academy student was recommended for expulsion on Tuesday after admitting to posting a Snapchat photo with a gun and threatening language toward the school and fellow students, officials confirm.

School officials said another student made administrators and guidance counselors aware of the threat posted on social media on Tuesday. Officials were then able to get law enforcement involved and an investigation began.

During the course of the investigation, officers questioned the student involved who they say admitted to making the social media post. The gun pictured in the photo was discovered to be a BB gun, officials said. That BB gun was confiscated.

The student involved was recommended for expulsion, pending a disciplinary hearing.

Extra law enforcement will be on hand for the rest of the week at both Byrnes Freshman Academy and Byrnes High School.

School officials said in the release:

In this age of school violence across the country, we want to remind our students of the consequences of their words. 

Superintendent Dr. Scott Turner says, “There is no such thing as a joke in today’s school climate.  District Five takes all threats seriously, will investigate, and any students involved will be disciplined and potentially prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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