Crime & Courts

Police investigate Midlands school threat made via Snapchat

Camden High School
Camden High School FILE/THE STATE

Camden police have deemed a threat of school violence at Camden High School not credible but continue to investigate the matter.

According to Camden High School Principal Dan Matthews, a student received a threat via the Snapchat social media app “from a fake source.” The student reported the the message to school administration and the Camden Police Department was alerted.

Police did not elaborate on the exact details of the threat.

In a statement issued via the Camden police Facebook page, Matthews said: “We have been working with the Camden Police Department since notification. We do not believe the threat is credible at this point. Camden Police Department will maintain an increased presence on our campus until we feel it is no longer necessary. Camden Police Department is actively involved in pursuing the source of the post and the perpetrator will be prosecuted to the fullness extent of the law. CHS Administration wants everyone to be fully aware of what’s happening.”

The Camden Police Department also issued a statement saying that they are currently investigating the Snapchat threat and will keep all parents informed as the investigation proceeds. Police have stated that they have “no credible information at this time that the threat has any merit.”

This was the second high school threat reported Monday morning, making seven in the past week. Earlier, Dillon High School, near Florence, reported a possible threat and went into lockdown mode. A child will vace disciplinary actions and an expulsion hearing in that incident after posting to Facebook that he would “shoot up Dillon High School.”

Last week, school districts in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Spartanburg and Fairfield counties dealt with possible threats to schools made on social media in the wake of the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 that killed 17 people. In one incident, a 17-year-old was taken into custody after allegedly threatening to shoot up Westwood High School, near Blythewood, in Richland School District Two.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on Facebook last Friday after investigating a threat to Lugoff-Elgin High School that read in part: “It would be a real good idea for parents to warn their children who attend public school or any school for that matter, not to joke around about shooting up a school. It is NOT funny and will be dealt with severely by law enforcement and by the school district.”

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