Pendleton High student charged with disturbing schools

Staff Report

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Pendleton High School student with disturbing schools in regards to a social media post directed toward West-Oak High School on Monday morning.

“As I stated in a statement the Sheriff’s Office issued this morning, a student outside of Oconee County through social media made an unsubstantiated threat towards the students at West-Oak High School,” Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said. “The investigation determined that this student did in fact make the threat via social media. In a joint investigation with our law enforcement partners with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, charges have been brought against this student.”

Crenshaw had extra deputies at all Westminster area schools as a precaution.

“We continue believe that there is no danger to any schools in Oconee County at this time,” Crenshaw said Monday. “Due to the fact that the case has been turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice and due to the age of the arrestee and the fact that records in cases like this are always sealed by Family Court, the Sheriff’s Office cannot release any further information in regards to this case, including the social media posting made by this student.”

The threat was investigated by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Anderson County Sheriffs’ Offices on Monday morning.

Based on the results of the investigation, the male juvenile male will be charged in Anderson County with unlawful communication and remanded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Staff Report

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