Crime & Courts

Teen arrested after threats made against A.C. Flora High School, Richland deputies say

AC Flora High school
AC Flora High school

A 14-year-old juvenile was charged on Monday after A.C. Flora High School received a threat of possible violence, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said on Monday.

Richland County deputies were notified of the threat late Sunday, said Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Capt. Maria Yturria.

Law enforcement has since determined there was no credible threat, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The teenager has been released to his parents, the department said.

As a precaution on Monday, additional staff and law enforcement officials were on the high school campus, said Richland One spokeswoman Karen York. The school typically has one resource officer on staff.

York said A.C. Flora High School principal Susan Childs sent a phone message to A.C. Flora parents, notifying them of the investigation.

The Forest Acres Police Department assisted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department with their investigation.

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Jamie Self contributed to this report. Maayan Schechter: 803-771-8657, @MaayanSchechter