Spartanburg District 3: Investigation underway after “4th grade student made a threat to another student in a conflict

Threat investigation ongoing at Pacolet Elem. (Source: Pacolet Elem.)

School officials at Pacolet Elementary are addressing the school community after they say a conflict over morning snacks led to misleading posts on social media.

Officials say on Friday around 8:15 a.m., a report was made that a 4th grade student made a threat of potential weapon use to another student in a conflict over morning snacks.

Officials confirmed the situation was immediately handled by the principal, Allison Berry, who said "due to the varying witness accounts of the incident and threat of potential weapon use" the investigation would continue through a district-based hearing involving district staff and the School Resource Officer. Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputies were also contacted as part of the continuing investigation.

Per the school, the student in question will not be allowed on campus until the investigation is complete.

Here is the full message from Pacolet Elementary:It is very atypical to discuss student discipline in public; however, based on recent extreme and misleading media posts, I feel it is warranted.

On Friday, February 16th around 8:15 am, it was reported that a 4th grade student made a threat to another student in a conflict over morning snacks. The situation was handled immediately by Principal, Allison Berry. Due to the varying witness accounts of the incident and threat of potential weapon use, Mrs. Berry recommended to continue the investigation through a district-based hearing involving district staff and our School Resource Officer. The student in question will not be allowed on campus until the investigation is complete.

Mrs. Berry, additional security and I will be on site to address any parents concerns or questions on Monday morning.

At no time was a threat made against the school, its students or staff. It was an argument between two students, that was immediately reported, and is currently in process of being investigated.

Best regards,

Kenny BlackwoodAdditional security will be at the school Monday morning.

Officials say at no time was there a threat made against the school, its students or staff.

No further information was available.

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